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While I do like the acquisition of Melky Cabrera, it was the timing of the trade that made it less appealing.
One of the fundamental rules of business is to buy low and sell high, and Brian Sabean, general manager of the San Francisco Giants, did the exact opposite.
Melky Cabrera had a career year in 2011, but he was only one year removed from a disappointing season in 2010.
He batted just .255 with the Atlanta Braves in 2010 and hit only four home runs in over 500 at-bats. However, he turned it around in 2011 with the Kansas City Royals by hitting .305 with 18 home runs and 20 stolen bases. It was by far his best season as a professional, hence the reason Cabrera was bought at a high value.
Jonathan Sanchez, on the other hand, had a down year in 2011 which was plagued with injuries. For the past few years prior to 2011, Sanchez's numbers were getting progressively better. His WHIP, ERA and strikeout total had improved since 2007, but that pattern came to a halt in 2011. This is the reason why Sanchez was sold at a low value.
Acquiring Cabrera was a decent move by Sabean, but he could've gotten a lot more bang for his buck if he traded Sanchez last year.