Madison wrote:Phatferd wrote:Madison wrote:Phatferd wrote:Teams do give up great pitching to rent a player for a playoff drive all the time.
Ponson to SF a couple years back?
Schmidt to SF?
Kazmir for VZAM?
Teams every single year that are in contention overspend to add a bat to their lineup. Every single year, more often than not they will take guys with half a year left, knowing they won't resign him. They do it to help their team that year, they don't look ahead.
Look at Nomar, the Cubs took him for half a year an then resigned him the next year to a 1 year deal. They took him on for 1/2 a year.
How ironic. Ponson goes from garbage to a "great pitcher" in 3 pages.
Anyway, why can't you wrap your brain around this situation and understand it?
A. The Rangers need starting pitching to compete THIS YEAR.
B. No one would trade reasonable pitching for Soriano.
C. Waiting until the trade deadline to move Soriano for "prospects" would remove any chance the Rangers have this year.
D. So the Rangers trade Soriano for the pieces needed to land reasonable starting pitching for THIS YEAR, and also open up payroll to sign free agent pitching if they so choose (Save $10 million by trading Soriano).
E. The Rangers trade the excess OF's for starting pitching and/or sign some reasonable starting pitching.
This whole thing is really, really simple.
Whoever said Ponson was good? He's god awful.
Umm.....You said he was great. I bolded it for you in your quote above.
Maybe I worded that wrong, but what I meant to say was teams give up great pitching to rent a player short term. Ponson was the player they rented for short term. They gave up their top pitching prospect at the time along with a guy who projected as a number 4.
Maybe they didn't turn out like they wanted, but they were able to trade a horrible pitcher to get a teams top pitching prospect. SF took his contract knowing they wouldn't re-sign him in 3 months.
Also, what's everyones lovefest with Wilkerson? All the guy does is hits doubles. He can't even hit .260. Soriano has had a better batting average, HR, RBI, SB almost every single year.