Originally Posted by Merry Mikey Damage
Hamilton for Stanton straight up seems plenty fair to me. even if it's just two rounds apart, i do not think they were needed.
whats the angle? because stanton is younger? injuries? both got issues. hamilton still probably has 2-3 elite years left in him.
just curious as to your reasoning behind the inclusion of picks...
I think you have to understand that last year was a career year for Hamilton. Can he replicate it? Yes, but even after a career year, there is still some disconcerting issues surrounding Hamilton. Where will he sign? Will he remain focused? He's got drug and alcohol addictions, a caffeine addiction, and a chewing tobacco addiction. A fan fell out of the stands and died when Josh threw a ball in that direction. His cornea and retina's dried up from a lack of caffeine last year. He was in a prolonged, two month slump when it mattered most. Will Josh mail it in after signing a lucrative contract?
There's a bad aura and stigma around the guy. I'm not inferring that he is someone with poor character, I just think he's as heavy of a risk as there is with all these internal issues. Whereas Stanton had the same BA, just about the same amount of HR's, same SB's, higher OBP, higher slugging in 30-35 less games played than Hamilton. Josh will certainly win RBI's and Runs scored if he stays in Texas. I can not deny that with the pitiful lineup supporting Stanton.
I get the counterargument of why Stanton shouldn't be on anybody's radar. It's been stated to me many times. But even in a down year, the guy almost matched or surpassed all of Hamilton's numbers with the exception of RBI's and R's.
If everything I cited isn't worth moving from the bottom of the 10th round up to the 8th round, then voice your displeasure and veto. I don't know why I typed this because I don't think it was worth justifying. I think it's a reasonable trade. Just know I don't try to rip anyone off and it's all done out of good will. Every move I do, I consider what the other side is getting as well.