Saturday, April 3, 2010

A Potential Trade to Remember

Hill Would Bring a Prospect Bounty

I love Jeremy Sandler’s article in the National Post about trading Aaron Hill. I believe it was Branch Rickey when as a Dodger executive said “better to trade a player a year too early than a year too late.” Sandler’s article speaks directly to that concept.

I don’t think there is anyone in baseball including the Jays who expected the extent of Hill’s breakout year, surpassing 30 homers and 100 RBI. If anyone had said Hill will have 20 homers and 80 RBI and play outstanding defense, all Blue Jays fans and executives would have been ecstatic. It’s for this reason that nobody anticipates Hill repeating last year’s numbers. This would have been the year to trade him “one year too early” knowing that due to his age, contract, clubhouse leadership we could receive something in the order of the Roy Halladay haul in return.

Though nobody would like to see a young talent like Hill gone, 2B is one of the easier positons to replace in baseball and we have a couple of candidates waiting in the wings even it they wouldn’t quite match Hill’s performance on the field. Brad Emaus has shown himself to be a capable if unspectacular player who would be solid at second and may still have some room to grow as a player. Mike McCoy who is with the team as both an IF and OF replacement would add an element of speed to the lineup which Hill can’t bring and has shown he is capable of playing at the big league level.

The same argument might be made about Adam Lind as well though many in baseball think he is still capable of building on last years performance. As a weak defensive player, the market for him would be more limited. Alex would be doing his best for the long term interest of the team in considering such a move knowing that we are at least 2-3 years away from fighting for a playoff spot in the AL Beast.

We all miss Roy Halladay right now and are still mourning his loss and seeing him pitch every 5th day. In 2 years with Wallace and Drabek in our lineup he will be a distant memory. The same could be said of Aaron Hill if traded for a similar package.

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