RaNe wrote:Would I rather trade the future players that may lead us to a World Series championship for players that will help us just clinch the division title for 1-2 years? NO. Take a look at all the trades in recent years that involved prospects for fast upgrades. Kazmir for Zambrano? Our PAUL KONERKO for Jeff Shaw? Liriano, Bonser, and Nathan for AJ PIERZYNSKI? Yeah, and who won the trade in all of those? The side that got the prospects.
Generally speaking, I agree that teams shouldn't press the panic button and bargain their futures away, esp. a team like the Dodgers who have little hope of making a post-season dent this year. But, IMO, your examples have no bearing on a potential Miguel Tajada deal.
In the peak of their careers, the non-prospect players in the deals you mentioned never really come close to what Tejada has done in his career. Maybe Shaw, who was a two-time all-star closer, but he certainly wasn't the elite player Tejada is now. AJ had a career-best 18 HR last year, and has never had more than 77 RBI in a season. Victor Zambrano needs no explanation. (Just wish the Mets had figured that out at the time! <img src=/forums/images/smiles/kiss.gif>)
Further, there are plenty of examples in the other direction, in which the side getting the minor leaguers lost out bigtime:
A's send Mark McGwire to Cardinals for pitchers T.J. Mathews, Eric Ludwick and Blake Stein
Padres send Fred McGriff to Braves for OF Melvin Nieves and pitchers Donnie Elliott and Vince Moore
Blue Jays send David Cone to Yankees for pitchers Marty Janzsen, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon
I'm sure there are plenty more examples on both sides...
At 30, Tejada's got plenty of good years left in him. I just don't think acquiring an all-star shortstop in his prime for some prospects can be put in the same category as Zambrano-Kazmir, no matter HOW it ultimately turns out.