Re: hypothetical off season trade opportunity
posted at 9/15/2013 9:50 PM EDT
I don't know if that is better than the norm , but it looks like we have traded away most of the good ones. That is my point. Why trade top prospects if you don't have to? I would rather spend the money on a guy like Abreu than give up a Bogaerts for a guy like Stanton.
1) We've also traded a ton of prospect who never made it anywhere.
2) Stanton is much more of a "sure bet" than Abreu, but I get your point and don't disagree.
3) I would not give up Bogaerts alone for Stanton, since he has a few more years of control than Stanton.
We need a force in the middle of our line-up. I don't see many that are avaiilable, and the ones that are will cost a lot.
Here is a list of the top slugging percent guys since 2012 (over 500 PAs and .500 SLG):
Miggy, Papi, C Davis, R Braun and Trout.
#6 is Stanton at .555 (..363 OBP)
then, Encarnacion, C Gonzalez, B Moss, A Beltre, McCutchen, Cano, Votto and Tulo
#15 is Cuddyer at .522 (.378 OBP)
then, Posey, Goldschmidt, Longoria, Bautista, A Hill, Rosario
#22 is A Ramirez at .508 (.360 OBP) & #23 is Corey Hart at .507 (.334)
then, A Jones, Hamilton, Ludwick, Wright, HanRam, C Beltran and Jay Bruce.
I like the idea of giving our kids a shot and adding a guy like Abreu to the mix, but I don't see signing Pence or Choo and Napoli as answers to that hole in the line-up.
I'm not saying we can't win without getting a big bopper, but our odds would improve significantly if we did.