jake_twothousandfive wrote:I really don't see why the Dodgers wouldn't pursue a trade as aggressively as possible. They have to be thrilled with the way Pierre's trade value in rising right now.
Oh I'm sure they will, but unlike fantasy owners, in the real world not a lot of GMs are going to look at a couple weeks production and say ok I'll take that massive contract you have on Pierre and give you a good player or 2 in return. He may have improved his trade value, but to trade him I still think the Dodgers would 1) have to pretty much give him away or 2) eat a large part of his contract (I'm thinking at least 60-75%) if they want any players with a chance to make the majors back in return. Also I don't think a non-contender would take him at that point (July) in the season. Maybe the Mets if Reyes injury becomes a real big problem and they need a leadoff hitter, but who sits in their OF? Yankees, probably not. Red Sox, I don't think so. Phillies? Nope. Braves? Maybe if LA eats most of the salary. I'm less sure about the needs in the AL/NL Central and AL West.
Like I said they can try to trade him all they want, but I still think it will be a tough sell given his contract. They couldn't do it in the offseason when presumably more teams thought they had a chance to contend. He stole 40 bases last year playing part time, so I don't see how his real world trade value is too much higher then it was then.