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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Padres acquire Phil Hughes from Twins, but he’s probably not why they made the deal

In all likelihood, the Padres made this deal despite Hughes’s inclusion rather than because of it. In exchange for taking on less than $7 million in 2019 money, the Padres will net the 74th pick in the draft. (Remember, the competitive balance picks are tradeable.) This will again give the Padres four picks in the top-84, beginning with pick No. 7—they’d previously surrendered their second-round pick to sign Eric Hosmer. In addition, the Padres will pick 38th and 84th

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 29, 2018 at 02:06 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: janigson villalobos, padres, phil hughes, twins

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   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 29, 2018 at 09:10 AM (#5681167)
Not a fan of teams selling draft picks. Baltimore has done this a couple of times. If this is what the tradeable draft picks are used for, I'd rather go back to all picks being untradeable.
   2. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 29, 2018 at 09:15 AM (#5681170)
This makes a strong case that the free "competitive balance" draft picks need to be considered as "revenue sharing" with an appropriate amount removed from the welfare award these teams receive (or perhaps they could have the choice - the free cash, or roll the dice on Door #3!). It clearly has significant monetary value in the millions and is entirely unearned, a gift for playing poor, so it should be credited appropriately.
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 29, 2018 at 10:03 AM (#5681202)
It clearly has significant monetary value in the millions and is entirely unearned, a gift for playing poor, so it should be credited appropriately.

Small correction - the competitive balance picks are awarded to teams in the bottom 10 in either market size or revenue, hence the inclusion of the Cardinals in the teams that get one. On-field record doesn't directly come into the picture, although one could make an argument that you can control where you are in terms of revenue by how you perform on the field.

-- MWE
   4. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 29, 2018 at 10:52 AM (#5681251)
By "playing poor' I didn't mean "playing poorly (on the field)", I meant the sad-sack "barrel and suspenders" act they put on anytime there's mention of free stuff for indigent billionaires.
   5. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM (#5681259)
But what about the farm subsidies...?
   6. catomi01 Posted: May 29, 2018 at 11:43 AM (#5681308)
But what about the farm subsidies...?

Brilliant - any team receiving revenue sharing should have to show that they are maximizing the potential revenue potential of their ballpark by leasing foul territory to small farmers. Win-win for everyone.
   7. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: May 29, 2018 at 12:54 PM (#5681387)
But what about the farm subsidies...?
In my OOTP league, the franchises in the 8 smallest markets all have an extra single-A team. That, I believe, is a true farm subsidy.

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