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Would you trade Markakis for Pedroia?

At least you can't say we aren't timely here at Connolly's.

Not only were we discussing Nick Markakis' contract situation Wednesday, but then you had a chance to chime in on whether Dustin Pedroia's new six-year, $40.5 million deal might affect the Markakis negotiations.

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Here's my take: It doesn't help his cause, but there are enough differences (service time, position, etc.) that it probably won't be a major factor, either. Also -- and this is just a hunch -- I bet the Orioles feel even more confident today that they made a strong offer to Markakis last week.

I have debated this upcoming topic with a few others, and I want your opinion. It won't happen, of course, but that's part of the fun of bar arguments (you had no chance at dating MaryAnn or Ginger, either.)

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As much as I like Pedroia as a player -- he lifted the Red Sox on his shoulders last season and absolutely deserved the MVP -- I still don't think I'd trade Markakis straight up for him. Take the emotion out of it, O's fans, and it is a tough call.

I think Markakis' upside is higher, and although good leadoff guys are hard to find, I'd rather have a legitimate No. 3 hitter. I also love having a right fielder with that kind of arm for a decade, but Pedroia's superb, up-the-middle defense and leadership certainly is key, too.

If Pedroia were a shortstop, I might lean toward him. But I'll take Nick despite Pedroia's impressive hardware (an MVP and Rookie of the Year in consecutive seasons, the first American Leaguer to do that since some fella named Calvin).

Is Pedroia-Markakis a tough call for you?

Here's a bonus question: What 25-or-younger player would you trade Markakis straight up for? Off the top of my head, I say the short list starts with shortstops Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes (David Wright turns 26 this month, so I am not counting him). I'm sure there are other candidates, but I don't want to make this too easy for you. If you need to check out ages, here's a great Web site to help.

Daily Think Special: Would you trade Nick Markakis straight up for Dustin Pedroia?

Bonus Think Special: Which 25-and-under players would you trade Markakis for?

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