The Baseball Off-Season Thread: Miguel Sano and the Torturer's Stone
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12-28-2012, 02:20 PM
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Location: Seymour, CT
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I think that people are evaluating the trade wrongly, as if it were a baseball move. It was in no way a baseball move. It was a salary dump pure and simple. Similar to what the Yankees did last year with Burnett. The sad thing is that Burnett trade may have been the only time in the last four decades that we have been on the receiving instead on the giving side of the gift.
In this case Nutting would have taken a box of used sweaty underwear for him if it meant getting him off the payroll. They came out slightly ahead on the sweaty underwear scale. Not by much. But like I said, those evaluating this as anything more than our cheap assed tenth richest owner in baseball keeping his payroll cut to the bone is barking up the wrong tree, and will be frustrated as they are not getting the mechanics of what was going on here.
Because typically whatever team gets the best player in the trade wins. When we're talking about a sport without a salary cap the team who gets the best player wins even more than usual. I don't think anyone with a straight face could say the Pirates got the best player in this trade. Hanrahan is the best player and was shipped off due to his salary and that was something this new Pirates team was supposed to be not about and it ticks me off because I relentlessly defended them.
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