So many needs, so much dead weight. What to do?
Since last summer I keep coming back to this: Dan Uggla and Jeremy Hermidia for Jonathan Sanchez, Freddie Lewis, Edgar Renteria (not in last year's equation, I admit) plus paying the bulk of Renteria's 2009 salary [$9M], plus a lessor minor league prospect.
RATIONALE: The Marlins want to dump Uggla's contract (a mere $5.35M) and Hermedia ($2.25M) has never really panned out, but he has a fine arm in right field and can hit with some power. He is still maturing. Uggla will not be a great glove at 2B, but he moves Burriss to SS, where his light hitting is less painful and his stolen bases are still useful. Hermedia moves Randy to left and suddenly our outfield is very strong defensively. We get number 5 and 6 hitters. Uggla and Hermedia are not rent-a-players. We lose Edgar's 2010 salary.
The Marlins move Renteria to 2b in a town where he's had past success, at very little expense. Renteria's loss of range is less problematic at 2b, he and Ramirez make an excellent double-play combo, and Bonifacio gets to play every day at 3b. Renteria brings a veteran presence to a young team. Sanchez instantly improves the Marlins rotation or might eventually become their closer, at very little expense. Lots of upside for the Marlins. Freddie Lew gives them a solid hitter and speed in left which works towards their plan, again at very little cost.
Would you make this trade?