Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
Jim Bowden would have done it. He loved hitters and especially ones that might get invited to the HR Derby. Didn't care much for good arms... they are never considered 5-tool players.
Someone remind me how many playoff appearances our fav team had when the afore-mentioned mindset ruled the day. I am pretty sure there have been two post-season appearances in the last three years. And what do we think made the difference on the 2010 and 2012 teams? And Stanton's offensive production did what for the Miami team last season? Yes, he is very impressive; however, where did that get the Marlins? About the same place Dunn's 40 HRs, 100 RBI, .390 OBP, 100+ BBs and 100 runs got the REDS.
I agree that pitching wins. I'm simply not convinced that Chapman is worth the risk. It's an individual case. Stanton isn't just any big bopper, he's arguably the best pure slugger in the game. Chapman is an enigma. Maybe he's a top 5 pitcher in the game. Maybe he self-destructs and flames out early. I'd rather have the guy that's going to play every single day, and isn't as much of a risk, yet still a superstar.