Originally Posted by Domeshot17
The reason you take Mike Trout over Chris sale is impact. Trout has the ability to impact 150 game per year, Sale has a chance to impact 35.
The difference between Trout and say, Miguel Cabrera, Miguel can change the game with 1 swing of the bat.
Trout can change the game with 1 swing, but also with his speed and his defense.
If you were offered Sale or Trout, pick 1, and you picked Sale, you be laughed at.
Pretty much and, not to rehash the tired "will Sale blow his arm out?" argument, but when you're talking about the injury risk of pitchers vs. position players, it is certainly safer to bet on the position player.
It's one thing when people speculate about 5-star blue chip prospects like Jurickson Profar when talking about "Would You Trade Sale for...?" kind of stuff. Giving away a proven #1 type pitcher for the promise of players who will be better tomorrow for no real discernible reason is laughable. Mike Trout is a legitimate MLB superstar. He's a not a "he'll be ready to go in 2014 or 2015" kind of guy. He's a the fundamental dynamics of our entire team just changed for the better kind of guy.
That said, it's never going to happen, so this is all sizzle and no steak.