One of the most entertaining parts of the year, in my opinion, is when clueless sportswriters dream up trade scenarios to help improve their team in the winter [or deadline], with wanton and reckless disregard for the ramifications of that trade for the other team, or any legitimate valuation of the players involved. Any other time, you have to scour the New York Post for crazy rumors, but they seem to run rampant at this time of year. For example, Gordon Edes of the Boston Globe discussed potential trade scenarios for Manny Ramirez:
The Padres, of course, have been a regular trading partner for Boston general manager Theo Epstein, who was once a protégé and top aide to San Diego GM Kevin Towers. The two names that instantly spring to mind in a potential Sox-Padres deal are starting pitcher Jake Peavy, San Diego's ace who had a disappointing 2006 season (11-14, 4.09), and Scott Linebrink, who had a league-leading 36 holds as Trevor Hoffman's primary setup man.
I'm sure the Padres are clamoring to trade their 25-year-old ace, locked up through 2009 for $18.75 million, for a 35-year-old clubhouse cancer due around $40 million the next two seasons.
What are some of your favorite bogus proposed trades?