what do you think about this -
What about Trader Kenny making a small splash in free agency this offseason that could create a tidal wave in the Central Division in either 2009 or 2010 in the form of Mark Mulder and Mark Prior?
I know I know, but hear me out. Would Mulder, a Southsider, take a 1 or 2 year deal for $1-2 million - maybe a few more with certain performance bonuses - to come home?
Would Prior entertain the idea of coming back to Chicago in a similar scenario?
Here's what i'm thinking - you bring in two guys for that small amount of money (it's been done in the past) It's low risk, high reward for both parties. The Sox maybe lose a couple million if they remain hurt, but imagine(!) - a healthy Mulder and/or Prior for a stretch run in '09 or perhaps all of 2010 for just a few million dollars?
like i said - low risk, high reward. you sign 'em up with no intention of them playing (at least) the first half of '09...and build your rotation accordingly (which means finding a legit No. 4 starter). You'll get Jose Contreras back to bolster the 'pen/back end of the rotation late next year anyway..with two potential top-of-the-rotation guys just waiting to get healthy...
And if there are two parts of the Sox organization that I trust more than the others - it's Herm Schneider and the medical staff and Don Cooper.
I say Kenny should at least put the offers out there, and see if they bite.