T rading is the oldest profession known in our world today, and if you think about it we barter at dealerships when purchasing a car until we receive a far price for the vehicle we would like to purchase. As kids growing up we would collect our baseball cards and gather around the neighborhood to trade our cards for what we considered fair market value.
So what makes a good trade, is it dumping your free agents and basically saying to season ticket holders who forked over $1,000 to watch their favorite teams basically say screw you, we’ll re-boot and see you next season just to save a few million bucks and hit the free agent market during the off-season?
The part of the trades that took place yesterday and today, basically told me as a fan to get ready for football season when I wasn’t quite ready to do so. I’m not saying that the Tigers are going to throw in the towel and say kiss my ass to the season, but it doesn’t look good when you have to depend on a washed-up Neftali Feliz or Bruce Rondon to close out games, because you were afraid that you were going to lose Soria at the end of the year.
I’m not knocking the David Price trade, because Detroit needs left-handed pitching badly and Daniel Norris should help them immediately with Matt Boyd not too far behind. Kyle Franzoni spoke rather highly of both Boyd and Norris, mentioning they should be in Detroit sooner rather than later……
I guess I now know what it’s like to feel like the fans of other sports teams like the Heat, who intentionally dump their entire team just so they could sign LeBron and rebuild their team by screwing over their fans. I remember when the Tigers gave Alan Trammell a AAA squad in 2003-04, that my local high school team had a decent chance of competing with and they lost 119 games which led to Trammell eventually being fired when Jim Leyland became available….
Baseball has changed since the inception of free agency and the second wild card, teams are more willing to risk draining their farm systems (i.e. Toronto and the Mets), in order to win now. The Tigers found this out the hard way this year, when they they traded their best prospect Robby Ray to Arizona for Shane Greene. It’s really hard to believe the Tigers were going to be able to replace the 3 pieces they traded away, because of what they had in Toledo and Erie. Buck Farmer isn’t exactly going to strike fear in the eyes of Major League hitters, so hopefully Norris and Boyd will fill some of the voids at pitching……..
I’m not sure if the division run is over in Detroit, because they still have 12 games left with the Royals, but it doesn’t look good when your GM says we are going to reboot our team and get ready for 2016. But stranger things have happened just ask the Royals and Giants of last year, all you have to do is get in and you can get hot and win…..
What’s in a good re-boot, I guess we will find out here in Detroit……..