Skin Blues wrote:OBPlover wrote:Basically, here's why they signed Cody Ross and traded Upton. It has to do with management's belief that "grim and gritty" wins you ballgames more than actual talent, stats or other things people look for in the fantasy world.
That being said, in terms of immediately useful pieces, the trade is in effect, Cody Ross+Martin Prado+Randy Delgado for Justin Upton. From a fantasy perspective it sucks due to Jupton's enormous upside but from a practical level, it's not really all that bad.
They turned a cost controlled 3 years of a budding superstar into a vastly overpaid platoon OF, lottery ticket pitching prospect, and one year of Martin Prado. On a practical level it is really bad. They don't make their team that much worse this season (same can't be said for future seasons), but there's the lost opportunity cost of making it much, much better than this. Any decent GM should be able to turn Young, Bauer and Upton into much more than an expiring contract for a decent hitting 3B and a couple crappy shortstops.
But you already concluded, beyond all doubt, that Justin Upton is going to become the next big superstar. There's no doubt he has the ability to do so. But there are lingering issues such as his Home/Away splits and his mediocre 2012 overall performance. Yeah, if he's a superstar in 2013, it's a bad deal but if Justin Upton duplicates his overall stat line from 2012, than it probably works in Arizona's Favour.
I do agree with you that they traded Bauer for scraps though. I'm focusing on the Prado/Upton deal exclusively.