SeaTown81 wrote:Sorry, but I really rather not do another Bedard trade where we are forced to watch a handful of young players blossom on another team. Walker alone could end up ridiculous. Not saying Upton would be a Bedard level bust at all. And I'm not against trading prospects. But THAT many for just one guy? No thanks.
Just counting out the trade on the basis of number of players is a bit misleading. Adam Jones was a major-league ready outfielder with star potential and trading him was incredibly shortsighted. Nick Franklin isn't quite that strong of a prospect. Walker is the one it'd be a bummer to lose, but in return you're getting a 25-year-old outfielder with superstar potential who has already produced at the major league level and is good defensively. He has 3-4 years remaining on his contract. This is opposed to a 29-year-old (or 30 or whatever Bedard was) injury-prone pitcher with 2 years left on his contract.
The other two players are relievers - talented, yes, but the position is among the most replaceable and least valuable in baseball. The cost of losing a talented reliever is not nearly so high as losing other talented prospects.
I'm not saying you should like the trade, but if you dislike it, it's probably more accurate to dislike it because you don't want to give up Walker (I don't) or Franklin (I could go either way).
For my part, I like it but am hesitant to give up Walker. Then again, I saw what happened to Pineda for the Yankees.