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Logan Ondrusek is the very definition of a trade return that is less valuable than a draft pick.
A good 4th OF/part-time-CF might have a lot more playing time and value over the course of a 162 game season but in a 7 game series isn't a solid relief arm likely to participate in higher leverage situations and thus (over the course of 4-7 games only) be more valuable?
The Ichiro trade isn't a valid basis of comparison anyway. Ichiro asked to be traded and probably asked to be traded to the Yankees, and "made concessions" (per Cashman; presumably that means he's willing to hit at the bottom of the order and play part time) to join them. The Mariners accommodated him. Plus, he has kinda sucked for a couple years now.
There was buzz on the airwaves that the Phils need to drop a little salary to stay under the cap.
Hopefully someone better with this stuff can help me out with the math of this but... A good 4th OF/part-time-CF might have a lot more playing time and thus value over the course of a 162 game season but in a 7 game series isn't a solid relief arm likely to participate in higher leverage situations and therefore (over the course of 4-7 games only) be more valuable?
He's a decent enough groundballer but he's been skating on thin ice for over a year. Walk rates are over 4 per 9; K's around 6. I'm probably a little colored since Ondrusek nearly blew the game last night, but JJ Hoover would be a perfectly capable replacement from Louisville.
If Victorino's true talent OBP is closer to .350 than his current rate, he'll be a big upgrade at the leadoff spot.
Victorino solves so many problems for the reds:
4) A better defensive player than Stubbs
I think it's more important that the Mariners are picking up most of Ichiro's salary. The Yankees are only on the hook for ~$2M.
Actually, the Yankees are on the hook for Ichiro's remaining 2012 salary except $2 million that the Mariners are paying. About $6 million, I think.
Ichiro, who is a free agent following the 2012 season, is owed roughly $6.7MM of his $17MM salary. The Yankees will be responsible for $2.25MM of that salary, meaning the Mariners are including somewhere around $4.5MM to facilitate the deal.
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