1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Thursday “PADRES-WHEELER-DEALER”

Posted by on March 14th, 2024  •  0 Comments  • 

=========Hacksaw’s Thursday Podcast
1pm-You Tube Channel-Lee Hacksaw Hamilton

Your General Manager continues to wheel and deal.
It’s part of his addiction, part of his DNA.
AJ Preller, growing up on Long Island, must have collected baseball cards
And made alot of baseball card trades with his classmates.

I’ll give you this Yankee team card for a Mets team card and the bubble gum in the next 3-packs of Topps cards you buy.

Now the Padres have a Big 3-in their starting rotation, with the deal to bring strong armed White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease here, to get the ball after Yu Darvish-Joe Musgrove make their starts.

The cost, top prospect P-Drew Thorpe, P-Jairo iriarte, P-Steven Wilson and prospect OF-Samuel Zavela

Cease comes to San Diego with two years left on his contract and with big time credentials despite the fact the Chisox were not very good.  His stats (43-35)-3.83-ERA with 792K-658 innings.  He is a workhorse.

But there’s more to this transaction than just a 4-for-1 deal.

This deal has to include the acquisitions and then the deal that brought Juan Soto here from Washington and dispatched him to the Yankees this winter.

Preller traded 6-top prospects to get Soto and Josh Bell.  What followed was a disappointing season and then a solid season.  And a sneak preview of what could be an MVP type player.

So the Dylan Cease trade means the Friars dealt a total of 9-players to get the White Sox pitcher, plus those still here from the Yankees, Michael King, Jhony Brito, Randy Vasquez and backup catcher Kyle Higashioka.

9-players out the door, and that included MacKenzie Gore..CJ Abrams..Robert Woods..James Hassell..and Jarlin Susana…plus the 4-headed to the Chisox and Soto..

The Padres don’t have much to show for the two Soto transactions. But in this case, it could be win-win. The Sox got 4-good young players.  Just like the Nationals got 5-quality prospects, most of whom are now foundational players for their future rebuild

The Pades?  Maybe Cease will have a better impact than Soto did in terms of this team getting to post season and staying in post  season.

AJ Preller, trading baseball cards, just like trading his players.  You keep dealing hoping you get the right combo, in your collection or on your roster.


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