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11-16-2012, 04:27 PM
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Three of the top ten prospects in the Jays farm system isnt a treasue trove of talent considering just how great the Jays farm system was?
Given that none of Gose, Syndergaard, Sanchez, or especially D'Arnaud were included in the deal (miraculously), no that isn't a treasure trove of talent. It's solid, certainly, but not a king's ransom of quality. A light-hitting, defensively skilled short-stop with long-term offensive concerns, a projected mid-rotation arm, a potential high strikeout reliever, and a young arm with major league experience who badly needs to improve his strikeout rate and add a third pitch to have long-term success in the rotation.

The Marlins got a few reasonably high-upside guys in return, but they certainly did not manage to get the creme de la creme of the Blue Jays minor league system, that much is certain. Every Jays fan I know is doing cartwheels over not having to include any of the above four guys for a reason.

They have the highest major league upside. Nicolino was compared to Glavine in terms of style (a lefty who relies on deception and control rather than power) and pedigree, not upside. Unless you happen to think the Jays gave up a future 300 game winner, multiple Cy Young Award winner, and first ballot Hall of Famer (the very same Baseball America you cite so consistently views him as a third or fourth starter), it's a disingenuous comparison and intellectually dishonest to make that connection.

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