do you care about an 'active' trade market?

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been seeing writers -- not just in baseball -- bemoan the fact that teams are too conservative at the trade deadline; there should be more trades and do the yankees and dodgers not even care about winning or what?

i care about teams spending appropriate money. young players and prospects are more highly valued than ever because they're cheap, which is no doubt depressing the trade market, but that's a problem with the entire economic structure of baseball -- the quantity of trades is just a side effect.

if i were a yankee or dodger fan i might have hoped they'd done more (or i might be glad they hung onto their prospects), but as a baseball fan i don't really care. trades can be interesting, but if they don't happen i'm not yearning for them. someone will still win the world series; maybe it will be the team that emptied out its farm system for a 35yo starter and maybe it won't.

do the writers have a point or are they just sad because they have less to write about?

mookieproof, Friday, 2 August 2019 20:44 (three weeks ago) link

I couldn't believe Sports Illustrated's website in the three or four weeks leading up to the deadline. They must have had a dozen different pieces that were all a variation on "X Number of Trades That These X Number of Teams Need to Make." I looked at a couple of them--there must have been a lot of overlap from piece to piece. So to answer your question about why writers bemoan limited movement: it's a cottage industry now, like everything else--speculating on trades--and if they aren't made, then I guess that industry eventually dies out.

clemenza, Friday, 2 August 2019 20:51 (three weeks ago) link

armchair GMing has gone nuclear with fantasy leagues. and "career mode" in videogames. just like those jackasses in the stands who interfere with foul balls - everybody thinks they're part of the game. you're not part of the game. relax. maybe report on things that actually happen.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 2 August 2019 20:55 (three weeks ago) link

Well the foul ball thing I think might be the opposite. People are exited because there is a ball heading right for them and they forget they are about to make themselves part of the game.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 2 August 2019 22:22 (three weeks ago) link

trades beloved by writers cuz clicks

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:02 (three weeks ago) link

You get it coming and going--now a week of post-July 31 "Who Won the Trade Deadline?" stories.

clemenza, Saturday, 3 August 2019 03:17 (three weeks ago) link

Looking at LA, I kinda think they have gotten so much more out of bringing some of these guys up than what they have delt for in the past. They are also already on the hook for a gazillion dollars, so it's probably a bit tricky to make deals with outstanding money on the table.

Other than maybe Frazier, what do the Yanks have that is that awesome a trade piece?

earlnash, Saturday, 3 August 2019 05:42 (three weeks ago) link

I think Greinke’s deal being at very last minute was strategized for other rivals to have no time to respond; had it happened a few hours before during the day I can imagine the Yankees and Dodgers entering an arm’s race and maybe writers are not having the conversation?

Also making a mountain about the state of baseball from small events is sure to be a editorial hit. In volume and in WAR perspective the trade deadline seems to have been in the average.

Also Manny and Darvish in the 2017 and 2018 World Series.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 4 August 2019 01:10 (two weeks ago) link


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