Re: What does the Jocketty hire mean for the Farm System?
Why would somebody trade a mid-rotation starter, current replacement value at least 11 million per year, for EdE, a double AA pitcher, and an outfielder who has yet to show he can hit at high A ball? Almost no team that thinks it has any chance to contend can afford to trade even a mid-rotation starter. They're too expensive to replace and you can't be in a pennant race without them. This is why you must have a steady stream of them coming out every year from your minor leagues--then you have what you need and you can hold up other teams if you're lucky enough to have a surplus.