Altanta is discussing sending Tim Hudson and Adam LaRoche to the Mariners for Rafael Soriano and, from San Francisco, Armando Benitez. The Mariners would complete the deal by sending Richie Sexson to the Giants.
Is this not an absolute steal for the Mariners? Adam LaRoche is 27, hit 32 homers last year with a .915 OPS and is left-handed, which is a good fit for Safeco Field. Granted, Hudson isn't what he was a few years back, but while his K/BB has dropped the last couple years, the real problem has been the spike in his HR rate, which should drop at Safeco.
LaRoche made less than $500 grand last season. Sexson is due to make $14 million this season. Hudson, set to make $6M -- a bargain these days -- definitely upgrades a rotation that is seeking two new starters.
Soriano and Benitez would upgrade the Atlanta bullpen, but both have lingering injury questions. And isn't that a lot to give up for two set-up guys for Bob Wickman?
Am I wrong here or is Atlanta getting hosed?