A chance for me to add a young ace. Sale isn't cheap, and if he has another year like last year, he'll only cost more in year 6 next season. But if he pitches as well as in 2014, I'd have to be thrilled. He and Darvish give me true stud potential at the top of my rotation. I also save a tiny bit of scratch in the deal.
Tanaka could be nearly as good, and he's cheaper, but I have just enough concern about his arm that I'm willing to make this deal. I have no idea what Feliz is going to do -- he had a 1.99 ERA, but a 4.90 FIP. His velocity and Ks were down, but now he's further removed from injury...I have no idea. He might make or break this deal for me. Ross is a nice prospect who's near big league ready, so it does hurt to lose him. Villanueva is a toss in that Bob can inactivate if he so chooses.
Tanaka should come near Sale in regards to production and I like that his price tag won't go up in 2016. Feliz should provide some cheap saves or could be an attractive trade piece for a contender down the road.