DaSh 1s wrote:
Sorry bro, you whiffed big time. Trading for Relievers, is not the same as signing Type A free agents. Lol. No matter how you slice it. I appreciate the effort.
My point stands. The market for FA Type A Middlerelievers is bleek.
Sure, Downs could get more than 4 million, but why would a team pay big bucks, and their first round pick. If your not a big time closer, its very risky to decline arbitration, and try to acquire a desirable contract with the Type A designation.
You're both right and you're both wrong.
The only thing that the Jays (and the Twins for example with Guerrier and rauch) shouldn't count on is getting comp picks if they offer their good but not great RP'ers arb. But getting any of these guys on a one year arb deal isn't the end of the world if they accept arb. 4M for one season isn't horrible and there's a good chance that they can rather easily move them in the worst case.
But this doesn't mean that Jays should be asking for the moon with Downs or their otherRP's.
I also think it's laughable to say that the RP'er FA market hasn't changed in the last 2 years. The entire economic situation in baseball has changed and it has affected the entire FA market. Especially for aging, average players.