So I was looking on ESPN's Baseball Rumors the other day and it mentioned that the Reds were considering trading either Votto or Alonso, preferably to get some starting pitching in return. Now, I'm going to preface this idea with the fact that I know it will never happen. But why not consider trading Tim Lincecum for Joey Votto? Votto was the third most valuable hitter in the league according to WAR, and next year will make 9.5 million (which goes up to 17 million for 2013, though Aubrey Huff and Aaron Rowand's money comes off the books in 2013 too.) I know Tim Lincecum is the face of the Giants franchise, and easily one of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues, much less the NL. But he stands to make at least 18 million this offseason, and possibly as much as 20 or more. I think if we were to trade him, we could use some of the money we save to sign one or more of the free agent pitchers available. I think we could manage a backloaded 5 year 75-80 mill deal for CJ Wilson, then set up our rotation so it goes:
5th Starter X (JoSa, or if they nontender or trade him then possibly Kuroda, Penny, Harang, Garland, etc.)
By trading Lincecum for Votto, you get a legit middle of the order lefthanded bat, and a quality, young first baseman, and can use the money you save to sign an aceworthy starter in free agency. (I personally think Wilson would love to come pitch in a park like AT&T vs. National League lineups.) And if you need to, there are a few other pieces we could include in the deal, maybe Pill's bat would play well in Great American, and would be a righthanded complement to Alonso. Like I said, I know this will never happen, but I think the deal would work out well in everyone's favor if it did.