Originally Posted by texasdave
The WAR accumulated by Drew must be taken into consideration. If Wainwright had never reached the majors, for whatever reason, would you be of the opinion that the trade could not be assessed?
If that was the case then any trade involving prospects in return for established veterans is going to be a win hands down for the team acquiring the veteran. When evaluating the prospect you have to wait. It took an additional two years for Wainwright to reach the majors, and sense then, he's out performed Drew. You need an equalizer, of some sort to say "The Dodgers won this trade hands down" when all logic points the other way.
Had Wainwright not reached the majors, obviously, it would have been a win for the Braves, and then you'd start comparing the overall package that was traded. (Which really was a wash pretty much.)
Drew's WAR sense the trade is heavily skewed by one season, which happened to be before Wainwright even had one major league pitch to his credit. Does that make him a better player?