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Old 06-18-2019, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by mzh View Post
The thing is, we don't need to speculate about Colome's trade value because we know exactly what it is. He's been traded twice in the past calendar year and change, once for a 27 year old catcher with one good half-season under his belt (Narvaez) and once with Denard Span for two nothingburger pitching prospects (although to be fair that was also a salary dump). With just one year of control left, there's no evidence you could bank on getting more than that. It's fair to disagree, but at this point I personally would rather keep him around for a team that might have a legitimate shot at contention next year. If anything, I'd hate to see a team that might otherwise have a non-minuscule shot in a weak division get torpedoed by another ****ty bullpen.
We don't know exactly what his trade value is, that's not how it works. A lot of trade value resides in current production. He was traded from Tampa to Seattle when his WHIP was 1.5, had an ERA over 4, and an ERA+ of 102. Seattle was buying low. From Seattle to the Sox, he wasn't a closer, but pitched a lot better in late innings recouping his value some. Since coming to the Sox, he's been excellent. Is perfect in his save chances and has a 198 ERA+ with a tiny 0.69 WHIP.

Also keep in mind is there is a big difference in the landscape of late inning relievers now, compared to in the offseason when there were 15 plus of them available. It's widely talked about on this forum and baseball in general on the volatility of relievers year to year, and one way teams protect themselves is by acquiring relievers at or near the deadline that are in the midst of good seasons. They are willing to pay for back end arms that are performing at an elite level that season.

A few examples off the top of my head of relievers gaining value:

Joakim Soria was acquired by the Sox for Luis Avilan (journey man reliever). Then pitched well for the Sox and was traded for Medeiros (former 1st rounder with an ERA around 3.00 in AA at the time of trade).

Aroldis Chapman was acquired by the Yankees for a package of non top 100 prospects from the Reds, flipped him a year or two later to the Cubs as a rental for Gleyber Torres (top 10 prospect).

Colome alone should bring back a top 150 prospect. They should be targeting young pitching in return that is close to being MLB ready. ATL, LAD, CHC, HOU, PHI match up well.
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