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Old 07-23-2010, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Tragg View Post
We had no farm system, but we'll meet too of the prospects this weekend that we gave for, Marquez I suppose, as things turned out. When we trade a solid veteran starter Javy, we get ONE legitimate prospect out of the deal. ONE. (Swisher yielded the As 3).
When we traded for Swisher, he had a lot of value. He walked, hit for power, ran the bases, fielded multiple positions and was signed for cheap. When Javy was traded, he was coming off another 4.00+ ERA season for the fourth time in five seasons. He was also coming off a pathetic late season stint after which he got his ass chewed up by Ozzie in public. I'd hardly put them on the same level of talent.

Originally Posted by Tragg View Post
And we don't seem to work the draft very well, nor take risks for high ceiling, nor spend money over slot.
This. The Sox are notorious for avoiding high ceiling guys that are tough signs. Even when they do draft tough signs, they pick the lower ceiling ones and go after them in the lower rounds to sign them for moderate amount (E.g. Steven Upchurch). The Sox may have drafted riskier picks like Mitchell and Sale but they still managed to sign them near slot and fairly quickly too. It also doesn't help we are horrible at developing prospects.
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