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Voting for trades. Do they have to be fair on both sides in order to be approved?

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This week Florida shopped slumping outfielder Alex Gordon for a jam reliever.  New York quickly offered Joel Hanrahan, while Tampa Bay & Washington also submitted offers.  New York’s offer was first, was exactly what Florida wanted, and was accepted.  A trade sheet has been filled out and is awaiting Sherwood’s signature.

Looking at the trade on face value it is a decent trade.  Alex Gordon is a 182/204 left fielder with a -3 arm argueably the 2nd best card in the game overall for batters (Braun).  Hanrahan is a 79/109 jam/on short reliever.

Florida’s team has a strong bullpen. The only downside, no jam.  During the regular season this is not a problem.  But once you hit the playoffs teams in contention will have acquired additional clutch hitters for the playoffs.  Not to mention that Washington already has 7 clutch hitters in the starting lineup and is projected to face Florida in the NLCS.  Granting those extra singles & Deep Drives late in the game could cost Florida a win.

New York on the other hand. is 12-18, 6 games out of first place in the division, 4.5 games behind Tampa Bay & Seattle for the final playoff spot.  But because Seattle and St Louis have not yet played their games for week 10, New York could be as close as 3 games behind Seattle.

Is acquiring Gordon enough for New York to turn things around and win games to get in real contention for the AL #3 seed?  If the answer is yes, that would be reason enough to approve the trade for New York.  But consider this. So far this season, Gordon is hitting .220 and has been traded within the national league divisions two best teams!  And now he’s being shopped again?  Is that really the player to turn things around in New York?  If the answer still yes?  The trade should be approved.

If the answer is no, does Gordon have what it takes to make New York’s top 6 for next season?  Currently projected to be New York’s protected list is Strasburg, Nova, Ian Kennedy, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson.  Not to mention other players recently picked up in waivers who are having good starts in MLB.  Would Alex Gordon crack the top 6? Here’s his stats  His range and arm have decreased to league average since last season when he was a gold glove winner.  Last year was also a career year in hitting (.303) and he is now more close to his career average (.261) with .256.

Is this the type of player you’d want on your roster going into the draft?  If yes, vote yes.  If no, you’d have to vote no right?

And that is the arguement.  Is this trade important enough for Florida that even though it is a lopsided trade in their favor it can’t be voted against and should be approved?  Yes her team did get offers from contending teams, but not premiere jams.  Would she really be able to acquire a solid jam reliever, otherwise?  I don’t think so.  Any other team in contention would not trade their closer or set-up man for a slumping defensive replacement outfielder.

So how would a major league baseball team acquire a closer near the trade deadline? They’d trade multiple prospects.

(light bulb in head)

There we have it.  The answer is you’d still have to vote no.  The trade would need to be fair for both sides.  How is that accomplished?  By including multiple prospects in the trade.

New York needs insurance for this year.  In case Gordon doesn’t turn his team around he would have traded away a jam for nothing in return.  If Florida were to add a player or two who are having a good year in MLB that would make it more fair to New York.  Trades in the league should be made to be fair to both teams at all times.  That’s why there was a trade committee which evolved into a league voting approval system.

I think everyone would agree that in order for this trade to be approved Florida would need to give New York just a little bit more to improve his chances of getting 1 keeper out of the deal.


Written by Dom

May 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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