ESPN.com's David Schoenfield proposes some blockbuster deals and includes Cliff Lee going back to Texas among them. You'll have to click here to read his entire post, but here's his hypothetical Rangers-Phillies deal:
Philadelphia trades LHP Cliff Lee, OF Nate Schierholtz and LHP Antonio Bastardo to the Texas Rangers for 3B Mike Olt, LHP Martin Perez, OF Leonys Martin and RHP Cody Buckel.
Schoenfield notes Lee's success in the postseason as a big motivator for the Rangers to get him (not to mention their familiarity with him from the four months he was with Texas in 2010). And adds this:
For the Rangers, Schierholtz is a solid platoon outfielder and gives them flexibility to move Nelson Cruz to DH. Bastardo is a nice lefty arm for a bullpen that had only one southpaw (Robbie Ross) most of the season.
Again, he has much more on it, and you can click here to read all about it.
This is a fun time of year to throw trades out and see if you can fill needs. No question, a big-time starter to add to a rotation fronted by Yu Darvish in on the Rangers' shopping list. This is a lot to give up, with Olt and Buckel two of the club's top prospects. But it's the kind of deal that would be necessary if you're looking at a top-flight starting pitcher in a trade, so it's interesting to discuss.
What do you think of Schoenfield's proposed deal? Do you want Lee back? Would either team do the deal as Schoenfield has structured it?