So, when a General Manager makes a trade, they automatically go to their list of MLB’s TOP 100 Prospects and then check Baseball America’s TOP 100 Prospects. Oh, and then they check all the articles that Keith Law, John Sickels, Ben Badler and Will Carroll write about the player or players and then maybe the conversation goes something like this:
“Hey wait, the Dodgers offered us a #29 and a #36 prospect and you guys didn’t offer us a player in the TOP 100. We are going with the Dodgers offer.”
If you believe it works anything like that, I would like to talk to your about this bridge that I have. It was only driven on by a little old lady to church on Sunday. Making trades works nothing like that at all. You see, baseball teams have scouts, consultants and special advisors who collaborate with the GM as to what they think of any certain player’s talent level and how they fit with that team’s needs.
I did not think much of the prospects the D-Bags traded to the Tigers for JD Martinez, but here’s what we don’t know: Maybe the Tigers valued those players a lot higher that I did, BA did and the MLB Top 100 List did. Maybe they believed those players filled positions within their organization better than other offers. Maybe the Dodgers didn’t even offer anything for JD Martinez, because they did not want to upset the team chemistry… after all the team is on a holy tear like nothing we have ever seen for quite some time.
And… while I would like to think it’s not true, it seems pretty obvious that when teams are dealing with the Dodgers they often ask more, because of the Dodgers ability to pay and depth of the farm system. Then there’s the fact that trade rumors are often, just that. Sometimes rumors are floated by the selling team to drive the price up. Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear… unless of course, you hear it here!
As AC emphasized yesterday, this team was built over the winter so as not to have to overpay at the trade deadline. As fans, we like the excitement of trades, but the fact remains – even though a lock-down lefty would be nice, it may not be essential and it also is becoming clear, that Andrew Friedman has no intention of trading his top prospects. They won’t all pan out, but that’s why you horde them.
Rants and Raves
- Does anyone still doubt (as The Truth Hurts Preaches) The Church of Christ Taylor? I love him at leadoff – .307 BA/.381 OB%/.902 OPS/12-15 in SB/11 HR. He’s for real!
- Don’t look at Kike’s batting average as much as you look at what he does and when.
- Ross Stripling looks like he has his release point back.
- Maybe Dayton becomes that lock-down lefty.
- Colorado and AZ are both 11 and 11.5 games back. Neither has the depth to contend and while the Wild Card is within reach, I would not assume that either team gets it.
- Look, Ned Colletti is a good guy and did some good for the Dodgers, but if he was so good, how come no one is lined up to sign him to be their GM? I stand by my analysis of him. The Trade and signings of Schmidt, Jones, Kemp, Ethier and others were some of the worst overpays ever. Sometimes the best trades and signings are ones you DON’T MAKE!
- White and Santana headed to AA Tulsa. Man, is this farm system loaded! Both of these guys are potential #3’s!