Transmogrified Tiger wrote:
Rosenthal floating the idea that Beane might listen to offers for Cespedes or Reddick. Would anyone give up a Gio Gonzalez package to add Reddick?
I would, probably for either him or Cespedes. Whats an equivalent though? Jackson, Villanueva, Barney, and Candelario? Obviously, the Nats sent a pitching heavy package, but I'd think the value is close to the same.
I don't know about that. We have to take some things into consideration such as
a) Pitching prospects tend to get ... over-protected a bit.
b) Brad Peacock and AJ Cole were coming off excellent seasons last year. Things have changed a year later, as both Peacock and Cole had their ups and downs.
c) Norris was a very good catching prospect.
It's really hard to draw any parallels between trades, as they exist in their own environment, but I'd probably value the Gio package more than Jackson/Villanueva/Barney/Candelario grouping. Leaving aside the fact that I doubt they'd pursue Jackson if they dealt an OF (not impossible, I guess), does that package make that much sense for the A's? I could see them have interest in Barney, though.
In saying all that, I'm not exactly sold that a package similar to the Nats Gio deal is needed in a hypoethetical trade. That said, I also think that, at the end, they'll just shop Coco.
As for this deal, I find it fascinating on several levels. Obviously, the Fish were going to move on from Heath Bell, and getting an intriguing, albeit really questionable, prospect in Yordy Cabrera was a nice move. The A's send a struggling prospect with clear holes and a dime-a-dozen MI for Chris Young. Much as I have never been big on Young, that, on paper, is a good move. The Dbacks side is probably the one that I'm most lukewarm on, but even then, getting Heath Bell at a much lower rate and a decent MI seems like a decent move to clear a loaded OF and save them some money.