Originally Posted by Brian26
On the otherhand, it's not unprecedented for a real contending team to go after another team's closer to bring in as a set-up guy and emergency closer. The Brewers did that a couple of years back when they picked up KRod and already had Axford on his way to 40 saves. If you're going to try to showcase someone for mid-season trading, a closer's role isn't a bad way to do it.
Yeah, that is true, but I think the difference there is that K-Rod was already well established as an elite bullpen arm, it wouldn't have mattered where he pitched, everyone knew he was a premium talent.
But I do see your point and you are correct.