Hi guys, first I just want to say I been reading this blog for the last few years but never commented. I enjoy the work here not only by the blog lords but by many of the posters here as well. Its always nice to see reasoned, intelligent debate on various topics as opposed to who can shout the loudest and be most irrational. Now, as for why I am posting. I was at David Schoenfield's SweetSpot this morning and came across this post.
Basically he suggests that trading for Hunter Pence makes sense for the win now Phillies. I don't disagree. He would be an upgrade and a nice right handed bat in the lineup. He is a strong defender which will help. And should Ibanez get on one of his patented 50 game hot streaks it would allow Brown to head back to AAA where the Phils could put off his arbitration one more year.
But thats just the thing... I don't see any way that trade makes sense with Brown involved. To me it shows a lack of understanding of the Phillies. It shows he doesn't understand the Phils core is aging and expensive so a young potential impact player whose cheap would be a huge boon. That replacing that young, cheap player with a guy whose currently in his prime and getting expensive makes little sense. Not to mention the lack of bats in the upper levels of the minors. Dealing him would leave the Phils with no offensive reinforcements for several years while the core continues to age.
While I'd hate to part with Cosart, at least there is still Colvin, May and Biddle behind him no to mention others such as Rodriguez, Pettibone and Ramirez. I feel like one elite prospect is more than enough in this trade. While you can never have enough pitching at least the Phils are set on the MLB level for the next few years and have depth the low minors.
So heres the question I ask you. Am I overvaluing Brown in my mind? Have I seen that the Phils held him untouchable for Lee, Halladay, Oswalt and incorrectly assumed he is forever untouchable? Have I seen the Phils get the better of the Astros in recent years on several trades and have unrealistic expecatations on what to expect in dealing with them? Or are my assumptions correct and Schoenfield was just lazy and/or exhibiting poor judgement in that trade?