I know, I know, somebody will break out there calcuator and go all WAR on me, but hear me out, I'm talking about guys who've put up great numbers for MANY years, but who've sucked the last few months. These are both BUY LOW guys who might pay off big. I'm talking about giving up prospects that may never blossom.
And first off, NO... I'm not talking about taking on their huge salaries. I'm talking, "maybe they'll take a non-top-tier prospect or two and eat his salary" kind of trade. For the two teams/players I'm talking about, seeing how NOBODY (anymore at least) is dumb enough to take on their massive salaries, the player is now simply a commodity to their respective GMs. Which means, you can either: (A) get some prospects for him and get rid of the constant reminder of how stupid you were, or (B) run him out there on the field everyday, get bad results, and be constant reminder of how stupid you were.
Granted, this year they are screwing the pooch big time so please, no WAR-related BS using 3 months worth of stats. They are two players that just last year, and career wise, have had from solid to FANTASTIC years. They're not that old, and maybe a change of scenery where they don't have the pressure of those huge contracts in the fans mind can flip a switch and they revert back to the players they were till just this year.
Alex Rios is terrible THIS YEAR, but he is in his late 20s and had 21 homers and 34 steals last year and has a good glove. That pretty much says it all.
Wells is early 30s, so we've probably seen his best, but if he reverts back to what he should be for his age, you're looking at a VERY GOOD OF with the glove and the bat. The Dude hit 31 homers last year.
A change of scenery, fans who aren't pissed about how much the team is paying for them... The lowered pressure and the fun of being on a contending team surrounded by great hitters, they could get hot again and carry us to a WS.