Sosa and Sheffield cancel each other out? Where is the logic there? When was Sosa drafted, fifth? How about Sheffield? I love Sheffield. I even have him on my team. But Sosa is a much more valuable outfielder than Sheffield on the trade market.
Currently, Sosa ranks number 4 in TSN and Sheffield ranks number 12. That doesn't cancel out. You want a top five outfielder, you have to pay for him. I, for one, think Sheff may end up being one of the top five this year, but that doesn't mean everyone else does. In terms of real trade value, Sosa far outweighs Sheff. Now, Jeter is just coming back from a shoulder injury. No one has any idea if he'll have problems with it.
Next, Lowe sucks. Plain and simple. You may think he'll come around. I certainly don't. And this guy doesn't either. You're going to force this guy to keep a pitcher on his roster because you think this trade is BS? He's trying to get off the Lowe train while the gettin' is good, and you guys want to force him to keep him. That's not really fair.
I bet tomorrow when he offers someone else Lowe for Randy Wolf, they'll turn it down, right? They'll try to low ball him because Lowe has pitched like crap all year. Now, though, they're calling him an all star. That just doesn't make sense.
In the end, the guy giving up Sosa is getting the better end of the deal, but he's also giving up Sosa. He should get the better end of the deal. It's not like he's giving up Hillenbrand for these guys.
This trade is so not objectionable. Anyone giving up a first round draft pick should be free to get whatever they can for it. If the trade was blocked, I would recommend sending out an apology and letting it go through. That's how much I feel like it should have gone through. Both guys are getting a lot of value, even though one is getting more.