Hey Braves fans,
I must say that I've thoroughly enjoyed (for the most part) readings the arguments regarding the AGon-Esco trade. Those on both sides of the fence have made some interesting points. Buts OPS, UZR, and every other stat aside, I want to pose the question to you guys, "what makes this trade worth it?". Sure Gonzalez is having what seems like a career year. Let's assume he stays on that base; cranks out 35, knocks in around 95 or what have you. Let's say with his performance, the Braves make the World Series (I won't say win the world series, as that would obviously make it worth it). Then lets say next year, he bats .265, hits 15 homers, drives in around 70 and we win the wild card. Thats 2 playoff apperances in his 1.5 years with us, we dont pick up the option, and both parties go their seperate ways. For the sake of this little scenario, let's say Escobar finishes his pathetic year without much offense at all. But let's say that he pulls his act together afterwards, and gives the Jays 6 years (i know there would have to be an extension) of 16/75/.299/.770 OPS. With these two scenarios playing out, who got the better deal?
To sum up my little situation, you have the Braves returning two, and possibly winning, the World Series immediately. But after another season, you're left with a big question mark at short. And on the other hand, you'll have Esco contributing above average offensive numbers for a SS for the forseeable future. Who wins? Would you make the deal? And I'd also like to know, what would both parties (Gonzalez and Escobar) have to do in your eyes to make this trade "worth it" from a Braves standpoint? I'm leaving my office/only source of itnernet, so I look forward to reading what you guys have to say tomorrow.
p.s. You'll notice I left out all defensive consideration from this scenario, as I personally feel that ejruiz's post shows how similar they are in that respect. If you disagree, tell me your reasoning.
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