slomo007 wrote:That is pretty poor logic....Young was just being discovered 2 years ago as being better than scouts had planned, and Wells was 2 years younger 2 years ago, and on the Yankees.
Let's take a look at the raw numbers for the past 2 years (since I don't have easy access to stats back 3 years when the difference was even bigger):
2003 Wells - Ranked #41 among starting pitchers. On a "start 5 starters", that would rank him about equal with the 8th best SS
2004 Wells - Ranked #35 among starting pitchers. On a "start 5", that would be about equal to the 7th best SS
2003 Young - ranked as the #6 SS
2004 Young - ranked as the #2 SS
So... based on the numbers, this would be about equivelant of trading Jimmy Rollins or Orlando Cabrerra for Michael Young. Would I do it? No. But this isn't a case where somoene is unloading a useless player (remember - Wells has been VERY consistent for the past few years).
Also, there is a ton of potential out there. Maybe the guy has no SS on his roster, but will pick up Bobby Crosby off waivers (who might go off in 2005 and out-do Micheal Young). Maybe the guy is a David Wells fan... maybe he's a Boston fan. Again, all reasons not to veto a trade...
PS - the #2 SS in 2003 was Edgar Renteria, who ended up ranked #10 in 2004. Given your logic, the 2003 Renteria should not be allowed to be traded for a 2003 David Wells, even though Wells put up better statistical numbers as a pitcher relative to the rest of the league than Renteria did as a SS.
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