Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Verlander, Cabrera Mega-Trade Not In Sox Best Interest

The Trade Targets
There's been a lot of speculation recently (mostly idle) about a mega-trade that would fetch both Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera from the Tigers. Most of these "reports" conveniently fail to list the boatload of Red Sox prospects and/or current roster players that would have to head to The Motor City in return. And of course, the point is made that Dave Dombrowski drafted Verlander and traded for Cabrera and thus has a special tingly feeling for them (not unlike the tingle Chris Matthews felt up his leg upon first hearing Barack Obama speak). Yada, yada, yada. Does anyone really think that Dombrowski would sacrifice Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and Michael Kopech (and possibly Jackie Bradley, Jr.) for two guys in their thirties? Because that's the kind of package it would take to get Verlander and Cabera. Now, these two are legitimate superstars and would instantly upgrade The Carmine Hose to AL pennant favorites. But what about the team's chances five years from now? With the core of young talent they have on the roster now—and coming through the pipeline—Boston is contending already and will be for a while. There is no need to mortgage the future for this glitzy deal.