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05worldserieschamps wrote:Right, thats may bad. D-Rays take Beckham, then Pit takes Alvarez.
Jackalope wrote:05worldserieschamps wrote:Right, thats may bad. D-Rays take Beckham, then Pit takes Alvarez.
The D-Rays have plenty of prospects who are major league ready (Longoria, Price, Brigniac, Upton) and McGee/Davis not far behind.
If I am not mistaken Tim Beckham is a HS player no?
That being the case, would you not think that a Major league ready Pedro Alvarez makes more sense for a team who's loading up to compete?
Of course the same logic could be used to argue the flip side, that the Rays have so much major leauge tallent there, that they will go young to begin building a 'second wave'....
It's my guess, that the Rays will go offense for Alvarez to use at either 1B/3B depending on where Longoria eventually settles in.
I think they have enough talent coming up in the next few years to compete. Alvarez will be a few years behind anyway. But with Brignac, Longoria, Iwamura and the recent surges from Upton and Pena, they seemed to be set in the infield for the next few years. Beckham is a big upside guy that they could use as huge bait to get a big time veteran player if they want to make a run here in 2-3 years.
Jackalope wrote:Is the upside of Beckham that far superior to Alvarez? I have read and heard great things about Alvarez.
If Alvarez is (as you said) 2-3 years away. Would a Major League Ready player not be greater trade bait than a guy who is still a few years away. Say for instance this years crop (Ellsbury vs NYM F. Martinez) --- both great but Ellsbury would likely have fetched higher returns in a trade to make a run last season as he is more Major League Ready.
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