Re: Talking heresy-Pedroia yes or no...
posted at 12/22/2012 8:07 AM EST
In response to Beantowne's comment:
If we look at the each of them and where they rank among like players at like positions and use 2012 as the mean. All are close to equal in terms of postional value if we use WAR as qualifier...Pedrioa posted a 4.6 WAR tied for 3rd among all 2B , Ryan Zimmerman's 3.8 was 8th among all 3B (if that's the Zimmerman we're talkin about). Jordan Zimmerman the pitcher finished @ 4.4 (12th) and Gio Gonzalez a 4.5 (11th). As such based on WAR vaules alone. One could make an arguement that they're all close to equal in terms of positional value.
In baseball which is more valuable to a team fortunes? Having an MVP level everyday player or a top of the rotation starter? If one buys into the age old adage of "the key to winning", is pitching, defense and timely hitting the answer is pitching or As Earl Weaver used to say back in the glory days was his formula for success, was solid starting pitching and the 3 run homer.
As such what then becomes the question, is the teams need...Trading Pedrioa for 3B Ryan Zimmerman, on paper would only help the other team if by moving one for the other you have another player with the ability to replace what you're trading away otherwise it's almost lateral...
In the case of the Nationals given the depth of thier rotation, if they were to trade Gio or Jordan Zimmerman for Pedrioa. One could make an arguement that they added a player to their team, that improves thier lineup and infield defense. While trading from a position of strength dealing a pitcher who while very valuble, given the depth of thier rotation was expendable and inso doing improved their team.
It is Jordan Zimmerman that I was targeting--I think Gio might be off the table, if he would be Ben could ask for top AAA prospects as we would be parting with our best player.. Lombardozzi though not the power threat can play 2 b and he also has played SS and 3 b. In addition he is a switch hitter.
I was using the Nat's as an example and hoping for other suggested trade partners that might have potential for improving our pitching and perhaps getting another innings eater that get's the Sox closer to their strength, the pen.