Re: Pirates DFA Zach Stewart
Originally Posted by redsof72
No prospect is a guarantee, obviously. My point is, the Reds were willing to trade their top prospect to close out the deal. Whether he went on to win Cy Youngs or to do what he has actually done (or not done), they were rolling the dice. Folks who want to make it sound like they somehow knew that Stewart was over-rated or whatever, that's not the case. They knew there was a chance they were going to get burned. As you might recall, they reportedly first offered Yonder Alonso instead, who was thought of pretty darn highly at that time.
Yes, there were people that saw his future as a reliever, but there was no one that I ever talked to that thought he "would not pan out." He was universally viewed by the Reds as their top prospect. Period.
By nature, since his value was because he was a starter, if he wasn't viewed as being able to cut it as a starter... isn't that the same as "not panning out?"
Let's be real here, his trade value diminished considerably if he were not thought of as being able to cut it as a starter.
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