It’s that time of the year! FanGraphs top 50 trade value list is being published this week in five (5) installments. Today is #41-#50. Here’s a link:
I love Gregory Polanco at #24. The Rox should be ready to do the same with David Dahl:
Polanco isn’t really making a leap from off the list last year to up this high simply because of a strong first half; he also signed a long-term deal a few months that gives the Pirates the rights to his services through 2023, so he’s signed for up to seven more years after this one, and at prices that reflected the risk he carried before he put together this strong first half. The contract looked like a nice deal for the Pirates at the time, but if Polanco sustains this breakout, it will end up being one of the most team-friendly deals in baseball over the next decade. Good luck getting the cost-conscious Pirates to give him up now.
I’ve loved this list for years. To me, nothing gets down to the real nitty gritty better than this. Think about the raw numbers. 30 teams x 25 man active roster. But let’s say each team uses 35 guys during the course of a season. That’s 30*35 = 1050. What I’m saying is this……if you make this list you’re good AND for the most part affordable. If a franchise has multiple players on this list – watch out.
Look at Gray and Story’s 5 year projected WAR and then guaranteed dollars. This should make your collective jaws drop to the floor. For the 10 millionth time……the Tulo trade was (and will continue to be) one of the most lopsided trades in recent baseball history. If Bridich goes to Canada, he’ll be arrested on the spot.
This will be great fun to follow the remainder of the week. I’m calling a NoDo top 10.
Edit 07/15/2010 – NoDo in at #8. Here’s a quote:
Arenado’s continual improvement remains remarkable to watch. After transforming himself from a defensive liability into a Hall-of-Fame defender at third base, he’s now moved on to rounding out his offensive skills, taking walks to raise his OBP, the last real weakness he had left. Still just 25, Arenado now looks like an unquestionable star, and while teams will always have concerns about taking a hitter out of Colorado, I didn’t talk to anyone in the game who doubted Arenado would be a terrific player in any ballpark. With rare contact and power skills, elite defense, and an improving approach at the plate, Arenado is a franchise cornerstone.