Originally Posted by Benihana
So what gives? Why do people want to squat on 8 major league ready SP when we have significant holes to fill in the OF?
I can live with the argument of not "selling low" on Leake, that we might need him to complement some of Chapman's innings for this year. But if that's the case, why not "sell high" on one of the pitching prospects like Corcino and Cingrani? There are only so many innings to pitch in a given season.
There's probably a general sense that the team is going to need more SP depth in 2013. And Chapman probably isn't ticketed for a full season in the rotation. Mind you, Redmond and Lecure provide depth as well as prospects like Cingrani and Corcino.
But, IMO, the biggest thing when you deal from (perceived) pitching depth is getting the right return. For instance, Homer Bailey as a principal for Justin Upton? Sure. Bailey for Shin-Soo Choo? No. Tony Cingrani for Dexter Fowler? I'm on board. Mike Leake as a throw-in? Absolutely not. Like Kc61 said, his value is low at the moment. I'd add that a good season, and Leake is more than capable of having one in 2013, would send his market through the roof.
If I'm Jocketty, Corcino is my trading chip of preference, at least among my pitching options. I think he deserves the prospect pub he gets, but I'm not sold on him. So I'd be trying to figure out whether he can get me what I'm looking for in the OF. Offers for other pitchers I'd be collecting in my "Under Consideration" file.