I assume you're seeing the Rolen/Lohse/Peavy side of this as getting ripped off. OK, here's the counter-argument:
Uggla is headed for a major bust. Even a good season from him is a BA-killer.
Leubke has nice peripherals, but he pitches for a terrible team and his W's will suffer. His increased K-rate from the minors to the majors is highly unusual and probably unsustainable.
Norris is basically the same pitcher as Leubke, only without the control. At best he's a 1-category guy.
Meanwhile- Rolen, Lohse and Peavy are all veterans with a track record of getting it done. Yes, they're all tremendous injury risks, but they've all got as much upside as the other side of the deal, if not more.
Now, I don't think I'd agree with that argument, but it's not hard to make and I think it's an honest one.
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