It appears to me that some of you have no clue how to buy something… and get a good deal. Most of you want to be able to trade an obscure player for Ryan Braun – it doesn’t work that way!
When you say that “this player’s stats are not as good as Loney’s or whoever, so we shouldn’t trade for him”, you only show you are green as grass.
You buy a player when he undervalued and sell him when he is overvalued!
You guys want to be able to trade for a guy who is hitting .500 with 78 HR and 145 RBI and only give up a single A prospect who has 30 AB’s.
It doesn’t work that way.
I’ll give you an example of the way it works:
- Ned decides that the Dodgers could use (let’s use Morneau as an example) Justin Morneau at 1B;
- So we look and see that Morneau is hitting only .234 with 10 HR. Wait, we don’t want a guy like that. We want a .300 hitter who has 20 HR. Don’t trade for that bum Morneau;
- We have to look back and see what he has done in the past and then see what has happened recently – Morneau has missed parts of two seasons with a concussion, but is now “allegedly OK;”
- Ned has to figure out if he really is OK – at this point scouting is the only way (asking questions too);
- So, let’s say Ned decides that he’s healthy and that a change of scenery can make a difference, so he goes after him (never underestimate what a change of scenery can do to a player – such as going to a team in the hunt from a team that is in the dump);
- Ned has an idea of what he would want to pay. Let’s say that it’s Shawn Tolleson, Allen Webster and Chris Withrow (the Twins need pitching);
- The Twins GM has an idea of what he wants and it might be Zach Lee, Garrett Gould, Shawn Tolleson and Allen Webster;
- Ned doesn’t want to pay that much and the Twins GM makes a few calls to other teams who are interested and sees what the market might be;
- This can go back and forth for a long time and since the Dodgers have new ownership flush with cash, the price will be higher than if the Twins GM was dealing with the Giants;
- Medical records need to be checked at some point in time to determine if he is indeed healthy;
- Then the issue of what to do with your current 1B comes up and you have to work out a deal there too (maybe Loney goes to Minnesota… maybe not);
- Remember, Ned wants to pay as little as possible and the Twins want to get as much as possible – it’s not always a simple process;
- If Morneau were hitting .320 with 25 HR and 62 RBI, the price would be much higher – the trick is to buy a player when he is down and get him to go up – that’s tricky business, but two small examples are Bobby Abreu and Juan Rivera who have both been impact players after bombing with their earlier teams.
This process will take time while all the suspects are vetted. It would be great if a trade could be made now, but unless you want Ned to really overpay – it’s going to be a while.
The Dodgers no longer have the best record in baseball, but none of us thought that they were really the best team, especially without Kemp, Lilly and Ellis. The Dodgers are doing as well as can be expected. I believe they will make a move or three, but it takes a while for the process to resolve itself.
What needs to happen is for Ethier and Loney to step-up, especially Andre. He should be the team leader with Matt out, but he has been in the tank all month. Andre needs to wake up and play!
- When is Mattingly going to quit hitting Hairston #5?
- AJ Ellis – still All-Star worthy?
- Tony Gwynn, Jr. is showing why he is a 4th or 5th outfielder – he can’t hit!
- Bobby Abreu and Juan Rivera are not regulars but they can form a nice bench.
- Dee Gordon needs to sit a couple of games.
This is the linup I would run out there against a LH today:
- Herrera SS
- Hairston 2B
- Ethier RF
- Rivera LF
- Ellis 1B
- Uribe 3B
- Treanor C
- Gwynn CF