benb18a wrote:I don't quite understand the reasoning behind some of these negotiations. It seems rather arrogant to not want to divest of a "can't miss" prospect in order to acquire an MVP/CY candidate veteran in their prime. I don't know enough about the game to be able to fully understand these types of trades that always involve prospects, but I know that Matt LaPorta was a "can't miss," "Braun clone" etc. according to pundits back when people said the Brewers were ripped off by the Indians for Sabathia. It almost seems like the game of baseball considers a bird in the hand to be < a bird in the bush.
It's because baseball is the only sport where salaries for young players are a fraction of established stars like Hamels. Mike Trout is clearly the AL MVP and makes like ~500k, Profar makes about the same. If Profar comes up and produces, paying ~500k for all star production beats 140 million for it. Paying up for an elite starter is easier than developing an elite player through your system and reaping the financial benefits.