As trade season heats up this month, there’s one very important thing to remember:
1. Your trade proposal sucks.— River Ave. Blues (@RiverAveBlues) July 31, 2017
This was one of the mantras of everyone’s favorite Yankees blog. But just because RAB is no more doesn’t mean the torch can’t be carried forward.
Of course, there’s no stopping some of the silliest trade proposals that will come about over the next few weeks. But, there is a new aid out there that could relieve the scourge of ridiculous trade proposals. Straight out of the NBA Trade Machine mold is Baseball Trade Values.
The Effectively Wild podcast interviewed the creator of the site, so take a listen to that for a good primer. My understanding is that the site is a database of all major and minor leaguers, each with an assessed value based on statistics and past trades, and that the tool allows you to propose your own trades in order to see if your trade proposal actually sucks.
Now, let’s have some fun with this. Jacoby Ellsbury for Marcus Stroman; who says no?
All jokes aside, this site is a good proxy for what the Yankees will have to give up in order to get any one of the pitchers Bobby has and continues to profile. Remember, to get something of value, it has to hurt a little bit! For instance, if you look at any of the shared trades involving the Yankees on the site, you’ll see that many of them include Clint Frazier or Deivi Garcia. Since Bobby just wrote about Matt Boyd, let’s look at a hypothetical deal that someone posted to the site:
Oof. That one is painful. But yeah, it’s probably going to take including Clint to get Boyd or Stroman.
Anyway, you can play around with the trade simulator here. And no, before you try, you can’t just include a dozen players with low values in order to match up with one high value target. Maybe this year your trade proposal will suck a little less.