â†µRight now, there are no details on who the Padres would receive in return. Maybe they'll get some big-timers like Gordon Beckham (a first-round pick in 2008) or Aaron Poreda (a first-round pick in 2007), but how do you feel if you're someone who sunk money into season tickets for this year? And how do you feel that we haven't even completed the second month of the season, and your team is already selling the car for spare parts. â†µâ†µ
â†µThere clearly are cases to be made for trading a guy when value is high, and even cautionary tales like the Twins and Johan Santana, where a team certainly didn't get full value. Still, at the very least, why aren't they waiting until closer to the trading deadline when, presumably, you could engage multiple teams in a bidding war for an All-Star starting pitcher? â†µ
â†µThe worst part is this could actually all be tied back to the owners' love life. His divorce created financial uncertainty for the club and set up the possibility that just such a sell-off would take place. â†µâ†µ
â†µI can see the shirts now: "My team's owner got divorced, and all we got was a Chicago player to be named later." Hopefully the owner at least got to keep their dog. â†µâ†µ
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