Monday, December 7, 2009

PIERRE SOUP

Tom Haudricourt believes that a Jeff Suppan for Juan Pierre trade makes sense.  The Brewers have $14.5 million committed to Suppan - $12.5 million in salary in 2010 and a $2 million buyout at the end of the year.  Pierre will earn $10 million in 2010 and $8.5 million in 2011.

The only way I can see this trade making sense form the Dodgers perspective is if it's straight up - contract for contract.  If the Dodgers would need to give the Brewers money to balance the finances, I don't see why they wouldn't just keep Pierre.  He would seem to have more value than Suppan because there are some situations in which his skills would be beneficial (bunting, pinch running, etc.)  I can't really say the same for Suppan.

OK, so let's say the trade is straight up and the Brewers eat a bigger contract but get a better player.  I still wouldn't do it.  The reason is that with the $4 million they save, the Dodgers would be in a better position to sign a free agent pitcher like Randy Wolf and make the Brewers less able to do so.  I would rather have Wolf and Suppan than Juan Pierre and some $4 million lesser free agent pitcher.

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