Trading the farm for a guy that should not be availableDecember 2nd, 2012 by terrybenish
Trade away Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin and Kyle Seager for Justin Upton says Geoff Baker.
Why is Justin Upton available? He will be 25 and has had OPS’s of .816 in 2008, .899 in 2009, .799 in 2010, .898 in 2011 and .785 in 2012. He’s run a foul of Kirk Gibson who is a real hardliner as a manager as he was as a player. Upton is a tremendous player but if Seager turns into a great, great second baseman, Franklin a ss that hits .285, with 40 doubles and a number one pitcher in Walker the trade looks like a complete ripoff.
Especially somebody is going to wake up to Brendan Ryan posting a mid .500ish OPS and ask why are we doing that after he pops fifteen straight times.
Baker pours 1,846 words out, citing a former GM Jim Bowden as saying the Mariners must do this and push the dialog back towards the only for the franchise to grow is to follow the path of the Yankees. Why build up a system just to flush it at the low price point for a guy who is again good but not great. Bowden is the fellow who had to resign three years in disgrace as the Washington National’s GM in a scandal over signing players in the Dominican with falsified birth certificates who were awash in steroids too. Great source. Link below to the New York Times piece on Bowden’s scandal.
This is a rehashing of Geoff’s theme for the past two years and in one sense he’s right, you need to have good and great players to win. He sounds a note that has emanated from the Mariners Executive office by implying that all the prospects are not special. I think the jury is out on that. Seager’s away splits last year suggest he’s a far better offensive player than Upton. In 311 abs a .324 onbag and .511 slug for an .835 OPS.
It seems like a sucker’s play, just like the Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and a bunch of others for Erik Bedard. All the leverage is one way. Geoff’s piece is linked below. This team was so rich with players and go so bad when it was taken over by this executive management who have done nothing but trade away good players and have nothing to show for it in the last ten years.