General Managers for Major League Baseball organizations are mostly smart men. Some have graduated from Ivy League schools (Theo Epstein, Mark Shapiro). Others are former Major League ballplayers and know talent when they see it (Kenny Williams, Billy Beane). The fact is most of these guys know how to run a big league team. Some do it in different ways such as buying and trading for big named superstars (Brian Cashman). Others trade potential stars or quality players for prospects with high ceilings (Neal Huntington, Jack Zduriencik).
Yesterday's trade deadline came and past with some pretty big names moving, and most notably one huge name staying. Roy Halladay was the subject of trade rumors for most of July. There was hardly an ESPN Sportscenter without mention to Mr. Halladay's future address. Then, J.P. Ricciardi overplayed his hand. He called the Phillies' bluff when they basically told him to get real, after he asked for their top 2 prospects and a young major league pitcher who is 7-2.
Ricciardi wanted to be "wowed" to move one of the team's most popular players in this decade. Ricciardi wanted teams such as the Red Sox and Yankees to pay even more than astronomical price he wanted from the Phillies and the rest of baseball. You would think Ricciardi would have learned from how Twins's dealt with the Johan Santana sweepstakes. Today, Roy Halladay's value is significantly lower than it was yesterday or last week.
Ricciardi wanted to be "wowed" and the other GM's in baseball wanted him to be realistic. He might have cost the Blue Jays their future by failing to deal Halladay before the trade deadline. Ricciardi feels his Toronto team can compete next year in the AL East when some young and unproven pitchers are healthy, now that he kept Roy Halladay. Well that might be the story if the 3 teams in front of him all get hurt like the New York Mets of 2009.
Ricciardi is the biggest loser at the trade deadline. He kept his ace to win meaningless games for the rest of this season. He might have Halladay win some more meaningless games for the Blue Jays next year before we go through this all again. Here's to Ricciardi the biggest loser of the trade deadline, so big in fact if he lost his job it wouldn't be a shocker to this baseball fan.
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