Originally Posted by RedlegJake
In much smaller doses. A relief pitcher verses an everyday player? In box office Puig wins that hands down. Both are ticketable commodities but, imo, Puig is the more valuable as a gate attraction.
Dodgers aren't trading for Chapman the reliever, they're trading for the Chapman the starter. But regardless, Chalman has done wonders for Reds ticket sales, even as a closer. Fans love 100 MPH throwing closers. Didn't you ever see "Major League?"
As a closer, fans go to every game thinking they will see Chapman if the Dodgers win. As a starter, they pack the house on nights he starts. Fans aren't going everyday to see Puig, either, no fan without season tickets goes that often. It really will have the same effect on fans.
In fact, most big ticket draws in MLB history have been pitchers, not hitters.