Re: Sox Should Not Trade Prospects
posted at 8/1/2013 4:43 AM EDT
In response to zbellino's comment:
I'd bail on Iggy twice to get Peavy ... three times on Sunday.
There is a difference between prospects in general, which Iggy was, and real premium prospects, which Iggy was not really. He's not Bogaerts, and he's probably not even Middlebrooks.
He's certainly not Masterson, who was already a major leaguer at the point he was traded.
Defensive stars are all over the minors, and the kid wasn't going to hit like a big leaguer, despite his big streak this season. Cher did the right thing ... he sold while Iggy's stock was as hiTed ox, Joe Lahoud, gh as it will ever be.
Peavy is going to win some games, and the Redsox have a logjam of prospects for the left infield. Really, a good deal for the guys on Yawkee.
You could be right. After all, for every prospect that turns out to be a star (Curt Shilling, and Jeff Bagwell), there's an Andy Marte, Ted Cox, and Joe Lahoud: http://www.whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/march-2011/andy-marte.html
But still, when a guy like Big Papi says that Iggy is the best defensive SS that he's ever seen, it should give pause. A great defensive SS like a Visquel, Ozzie Smith, or Larry Bowa, can make the team's pitching staff a half-run better per year, e.r.a. wise.
Plus, the Sox farm system has been so productive recently...with most of it's young star prospects making their mark in the majors (Pedroia, Ellsbury, Papelbon, Lester, Buchholz, Masterson, Rizzo, Hanley Ramirez, etc.).
Here's an excellent article on the dilemma of whether to "go for it now", or to "keep the long term outlook" in mind, at the trading deadline: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/07/30/red-sox-shouldnt-go-all-in-at-trade-deadline/