Originally Posted by MikeS21
Jimenez Deal Forces Closer Look at Prospect Value
Here's the part I found interesting:
I really want to agree with this scout. He is 100% correct. Go with the sure thing ... until you remember that Jimenez was a prospect too, and It seems to me that it would be 10x better to have Jimenez at 20 or 21 years old, than to wait and acquire him at age 27?
There is always the "what if" aspect of trades. There is a reason that you pay your scouts.
Clearly, you are going to get something when you acquire the proven commodity. But it comes at a price. You are both paying him a lot of money (usually) as well as taking a chance that you traded away a guy or guys who could have been contributors for your team for 6 years too.