Originally Posted by RedsDude
as for the pitcher, i automatically discard any 26 year old "prospect" who has done nothing at the big league level. if he was any good at all, he wouldn't be part of a package to get a middle-releiver.
i guess i just had my hopes up that we could get a real shortstop prospect like kinsler, as opposed to a ray olmedo clone.
How old was Randy Johnson before he cracked the major leagues? He was 25 before he saw any big league action, and 27 before he had his first decent season. Now he's a sure-fire bet for the Hall of Fame. Now, don't get me wrong, in no way am I saying Hancock is as talented as Johnson, but you can't "discard" a guy solely based on his age. Especially considering the fact that he went to college. Watch him pitch first, and then make a judgement. He's not great, but he could be a solid long man out of the pen. The Phillies have a bunch of young pitchers ahead of him (Madson, Floyd, Hamels, Bucktrot, among others), so Hancock was made expendable.
Todd Jones is 36 and has had his first decent season in awhile. It's tough to get greedy and demand to get a top-nothc prospect for the guy. They got two mid-range prospects, which is about all you can ask for. By that judgement, Danny Graves would then be able to at fetch BJ Upton, and probably a couple other prospects.