In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
I still have a little hope that Middy becomes a plus, but that was about the same amount I had this past winter and the winter before.
I'd have traded him after his first season. But we are passed that now. He is the latest in a long line of people like Bard, Hughes, Joba. You have a trade point where you can back your investment and then some.
But then you get passed that point where his potential is worth more than you'd get in a trade. That's where we are now. He could still be a Reynolds equivalent, with less power and more glove, but we have no choice but to let it play out./QUOTE][object HTMLDivElement]
I suggested several trades of Middlebrooks after his first season. Most here did not approve. I can't remember all my suggestions, but I know one was for Gavin Floyd, so that one wouldn't have helped.
I also suggested trading Brentz when he was climbing the prospect list for basically the same reasons. It looks like his ship has just about sailed as well.
Well, the problem with some of these suggestions is that everyone sees the same issues. WMB's 191/40 won't go unnoticed. Neither would Brentz' 451/143. Sometimes the best option, and sometimes the only option, is to hope a player figures it out. The idea that we going to swindle a team out of their star, because they don't have scouts aware of Brentz' or WMB's strike zone tendencies, doesn't happen.
What happens more often than the big swindle is that guys like like Chris Davis finally wake up to what they need to do to succeed. His K/W was pretty similar to WMB until he reached age 26.