Today, I was reading a forum about whether David Price would be worth it for the New York Yankees. The question arose, “Why are teams trading top prospects for a half-year rental?”
It may seem like a no-brainer to some, but there are some key points that need to be made, which should be asked when conducting a trade like this…
How good are the prospects?
How good is the player?
How long is the player under contract?
In the end, money is everything in baseball. And if a player is going into his free-agent season (Price, Cueto), it may not be worth it to trade top prospects for a player who is not even guaranteed for a second season.
Price for example. A team like the Yankees would need to shell-out top prospects such as Aaron Judge or Louis Severino to be awarded the services of someone like Price.
But, another question arises… Is the player good enough to give the team a chance to win a championship? After all, Isn’t that the ultimate goal?
There are so many variables to formulating a deal, but just looking at some recent ones, it appears as if the team that landed the “big piece” won the deal.
Miguel Cabrera was traded for some prospects that never panned out, along with Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller. Don’t get me wrong, I love Andrew Miller and Maybin is a great player, but Cabrera is obviously better.
Even Price’s first trade was for Nick Franklin. Franklin is doing noting for the Rays now…And that deal wasn’t for a rental. Price would go on to pitch for the Tigers for another season.
So when looking at it all, there is no way to tell until we see what the prospects do later on down the road… But looking at some recent deals, it appears teams will become more comfortable trading prospects for proven players.