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by Jeff Sullivan - February 26, 2013
Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat
Where/when do you see me signing? MLB ETA?
Hello good sir, might I ask you which pitcher you think will surprisingly finish in the top ten of CY voting.
What would it take to get you to blog about the Nats? I need some articles like ‘Jesus Montero is learning how to run’ about the Nats players.
If you need to have some comic relief about your sports teams, you could ignore the current and look into the recent past: Natinals, Odalis Perez signing in spring training and pitching opening day, Jim Bowden’s leather pants and Segway, … some good material there.
Let’s make this happen!
“Comment From Lloyd
how many players to be named later would it take to land a star player in a trade?
Jeff Sullivan: That depends. Players just drafted qualify as both PTBNLs and quality prospects. So you would have a finite number. However, if you’re talking about general PTBNLs, who are not good prospects, then the answer is undefined. You could not get a star player in a trade with infinite PTBNLs, because while they don’t have zero value, they don’t have enough value, and there are a finite number of spots available in farm systems.”
This isn’t true. The answer to the question depends on the star player’s contract. Teams trade contracts, not players. Therefore every player’s worth depends directly on their contract. Even star players can have very little worth on the trade market if their contracts are outrageous.
Sometimes it’s the contracts being traded, but not nearly as often as in the NBA.
For example, if the Rangers and Cards swapped Profar and Taveras, that would be trading players since the contracts at this point are identical.
Sure, a team would take Trout over Soriano largely because of the contract, but even moreso because of the talent.
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