Re: Fangraphs review the Ken Griffey Jr. trade
I hate the "win the trade" logic of baseball fans.
The goal is not to "win" or not "lose" a trade. It's to take one or multiple commodities and exchange them for other assets in positions of need or higher luxury.
There is no sane person alive that wouldn't have made that deal the Reds made. Griffey was the best player in baseball at that time, or one of two, and was a pure marketing paradise for a team like Cincinnati. He would have made their team better if he were healthy and was a hometown hero willing to take less than market value to get the deal done. It may have been a win for Seattle too, but it was a win for Cincinnati at the time. Period.
It's actually possible for both teams in a trade to 'win.'
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda