Trade Winds: Who's Out There?

Saturday, August 20 2005 @ 10:26 PM EDT

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

A lot of big (or at least recognizable) names have reportedly cleared waivers.

Even if nothing ultimately comes of it, it's fun to think about who you'd target, what you'd be willing to give up (and, very differently, what the other club might expect you to give up!) ... hey, if it's time to quietly start up the 2005 Post-Season Blue Jay Bandwagon, it's time to think about who could help the most.

Here's a look ...

... at the best player available at each position. In fact, the current list -- including no less than four future Hall of Famers -- breaks down quite nicely into a standard 10-man starting lineup and 10-man pitching staff:

C Mike Piazza
1B Rafael Palmeiro
2B Edgardo Alfonzo
SS Rich Aurilia
3B Wes Helms
LF Matt Stairs
CF Ken Griffey Jr.
RF Dmitri Young
DH Mike Sweeney
RHSP Joel Pineiro
RHSP Odalis Perez
RHSP Joe Mays
LHSP Tom Glavine
LHSP Eric Milton
CL-R Braden Looper
RH-SET LaTroy Hawkins
LH-SET Jason Christiansen
LOOGY Steve Kline
RHRP Ryan Vogelsong

Other pitchers available include Jose Lima, Josh Fogg, Ramon Ortiz, Wes Obermueller and of course, Justin Speier and Scott Schoenweis, who are not included on the above list since the Jays don't exactly have to worry about acquiring them; but they'd probably be the RH setup man and lefty long man on this "team" if they were anywhere else.

Now, who do you want? And more to the point, who do you give up?