- Apr 22, 2016
Agree 100%. I can’t say I’ve done a full analysis but anecdotally, haven’t these kinds of “trade top prospects for stars” trades pretty much always worked out in the Sox’ favor? The trade for Pedro, the trade for Sale, the trade for Beckett/Lowell, the trade for Schilling to a lesser degree - all were pretty clear wins and all led to future championships.These discussions always remind me of the Garnett trade in the summer of 2007. A not insignificant number of people were very concerned about letting Al Jefferson go in that deal, thinking he was on the precipice of becoming a star. I just kept thinking that the Cs would be getting a player that has already realized the potential that we were fervently wishing that Jefferson might achieve. So yeah, empty the farm for a guy like Soto.
“Empty the farm” might be a bit strong but trading, say, Casas, Mayer, and a top pitching prospect would be an easy “yes” to me.
And if part of the trade involved taking on Corbin’s contract the Sox might not even need to give that much up - Corbin and Soto would be pretty close to Mookie and Price, so what’s the equivalent of Verdugo and Downs? Maybe Casas and Mata?