Originally Posted by dfs
It's too much talent and money to give up for a player that doesn't drive you closer to being really good. He's 33 years old and a decent candidate to be out of the game in 2 years.
The O's won this one for sure.
How can you say this isn't a step forward to making us good?
We had no reliable catcher. We probably just picked one up for an overpaid 5th OF/utility guy that is going to get injured.
The prospects are inconsequential. Look at the odds that either Waring or the other guy will be an average starting position player. It's not a good roll of the dice. Probably 95% of the time, trading marginal prospects for ML talent is a win. It might be more successful than that. Sure, every 5-10 years, someone lets a Bagwell get away, but it is very rare.
There isn't a single move that will suddenly make this franchise very good.
Even if it were possible to add Babe Ruth or Cy Young in his prime, that would not make us very good. Too many holes. Walt just addressed one of those holes for practically no cost at all in trade chips. Maybe the team took on a little salary, but that's ok. Adding 0-3 million to payroll for a legitimate starting catcher is a good value.
Walt is a god for shedding Freel's contract. I thought that would be impossible. Frankly, I find it hillarious that Wayne is once again overvaluing Freel and helping us clean up a mistake that Wayne made.