Thursday marked Major League Baseball's trade deadline. David Price, John Lackey and Yoenis Cespedes were just a few of the marquee players to be dealt. The trades were just one piece of the madness, however. Sports editor Jon Styf and sports reporter Mike DeFabo discuss:
DeFabo: Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox? David Price to the Tigers? Jon Lester to the A's? I don't know about you, but I'm still trying to catch my breath from all the deals Thursday. What was your biggest take away from the deadline?
Styf: The Tigers and A's are all in, we know that. But I really like what the Cubs and Astros continue to do. Man, if even half of those guys work out they will have a heck of a team real soon with Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Javy Baez, Jorge Soler, Kyle Schwarber, Victor Carini and guys like Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo already there. Heck, even Arismendy Alcantara is pretty good. You know some of these guys won't be great in the majors. There's a Lastings Milledge or Jeff Clement in there, for sure. But they have plenty more around if they don't.
DeFabo: A lot more teams are taking this patient, measured approach to building a team. Even the Yankees, the evil empire, have dialed back their spending to some degree. But there's still some risk in loading up on prospects. I think that's why teams demanded established talent like Cespedes instead of just promising minor leaguers. Same with the David Price deal. The Pirates reportedly offered a number of prospects that had better overall value, but they were turned down for a package of players who can help next year.
Styf: You're in Chicago now (well, Crystal Lake) Mike, so we need you to stop talking about the Pirates now. Mmmkay? That said, I think the Tigers made out well, although we won't know for years what the 18-year-old shortstop prospect they sent to Tampa will do. It will be interesting how much the Cubs become spenders and dealers like this once they presumably are ready to contend in two or three years. They certainly have the talent to go after a big arm at the deadline in 2016 and they have the money to go after one of these big arms just traded, like Lester or Price or even Samardzija, once they hit free agency.
DeFabo: I apologize. Go Cubs Go and all that! How about the part of that trade that kind of relates to Chicago? The Tigers were playing the White Sox and Austin Jackson was straight up yanked out of centerfield in the middle of the inning. Did you see that? That'd be like if you were in the middle of having surgery. All of the sudden they tap the doc on the shoulder. Sorry, you've been traded to another hospital. Here's the back up doctor to finish your lobotomy.
Styf: Playing baseball is nothing like being a doctor, Mike. The baseball players get paid a lot more. But it was certainly weird seeing Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski in the dugout calling Jackson in. You know what else Dombrowski said? He told the Oakland Press that the whole Moneyball thing where he bought the Athletics soda in the Carlos Pena deal wasn't true. The movie also left out that Jeremy Bonderman and Franklyn German were part of the three-way deal after A's owner Steve Schott was quoted as saying, about Bonderman, he "didn't want to give $1.5 million to someone who can't read or write." And picking Bonderman out of high school in the first round the year before was why Billy Beane was prompted to start the new approach.
DeFabo: Well it's clearly working. If only the movie was as good as the baseball tactics. I hate how it just abruptly ends.