Re: IGGY traded for Garry Templeton
posted at 4/7/2013 8:41 AM EDT
In response to Sheriff-Rojas' comment:
In response to youkillus' comment:
Many have favorably compared Red Sox SS Julio Iglesias to HOF Ozzie Smith, like Iggy, Smith was a weak hitting prospect. In 1979 he began the season 0-32, and reached the zenith of batting success on August 25th, when he went three for nine in a nineteen inning marathon against the Pirates, and finished the day batting a Mendoza like .218.
In 1981, he was traded to the Cardinals for All Star SS Garry Templeton, who was younger, and was coming off hitting .322, .280, and .314 in the previous three seasons. Templeton not only was getting on base a lot more than Ozzie, (averaging 197 hits) but also was leading the league in triples collecting 50 of his career 106 total in the same time period.
Ozzie became a fielding legend in St. Louis and his game winning HR in the '85 NLCS is remembered as much as him helping the Cardinals win a World Series in his first seaon with the Red-birds. Templeton despite having a 16 year career and collecting over 2000 hits, is remembered (if at all), as being the guy traded for a future HOF'er.
Which brings me to IGGY and our own version of Garry Templeton, Stephen Drew. Except, as Lloyd Bensen would say, Senator, your no Garry Templeton. Heck, he's not even JD Drew. Yet the Sox are willing to make the same mistake the Padres made over 30 years ago. Except the Padres at least at that time got the younger and better player. The Sox are trading Iggy for an older and dubiously better player. Look, it doesn't matter ten cents if the Sox are paying Drew $9M, their SS average salary is stilll $5.5M, regardless of who plays there the most. You might as well play the best player.
Templeton was not blocking Ozzie Smith, so this analogy doesn't fit. I guess it's this year's version of your Adrian Gonzalez morphing into Jose Offerman spiel.
Drew, at most, is a one year rental that got bopped on the head and hasn't even had an opportunity yet to prove himself. A win/win would be if the both Drew and Iggy play well and the Red Sox trade Drew for a prospect or an upgrade at another position.
You're a finance guy, right? You do understand the idea of leverage, don't you?
It doesn't work on a second level either. Templeton was a much better player earlier in his career than Ozzie.
By 1979, Templeton was a two-time AS, while Ozzie's OPS was .573.
Unless Youkils is saying that we need to give Drew one more year while Iglesias develops.