After the trade deadline had passed, I wound up over here, to see if any of our players had been traded. I knew that Dan Johnson, Joe Kennedy, Shannon Stewart, Mark Kotsay, and even Mike Piazza would receive little print on ESPN or another news source. Why? Because I'm going to state the obvious here: Most of our players just do not have value.
Think about it this way; I know a lot of you are upset that nobody on our team was traded, but remember, we get draft picks for free agents leaving our team. Most will probably qualify for type B status, so any trade we make we have to take into consideration the quality of young talent we'd get in return. Finally, our players just don't have much value. Instead of a liquidation sale at a fine furniture store, I'd say that a garage sale at your grandma's house is a better analogy. Let's digest the trade value of some of our players:
Shannon Stewart - Having a great year, but let's be honest, he has one position: LF. How many left fielders with noodle arms are truly sought after in baseball? Not many. He can hit for average and gets on base at a decent clip, but he doesn't have much power and his speed is no longer as significant as it has been in the past stealing bases. I can't imagine most teams giving up a young prospect for this outfielder in his 30s.
Joe Kennedy - We all hate him. That says it all. What good is a lefty out of the bullpen if he can't even preserve a lead? He started off hot this year, but now, he's as cold as the Arctic Ocean. At this point, we're best off keeping him and taking our chances with getting some compensation in the draft, because no one will fork over young (or old for that matter) talent.
Mark Kotsay - Huge contract. Huge injury. Young talent for this declining outfielder? I don't think so. He still plays great defense, but he's showed us nothing from an offensive point of view this year. We're best off waiting out his underperformance.
Dan Johnson - After hitting well over .300 to begin the year, he's now at about .240. Much like Broadway Joe, he's ice cold. Also, take into account how many teams in contention that have first basemen that are in fact worse than Dan Johnson. The Yankees? Not anymore. Plus, why would a team like the Braves go after a future benchwarmer like Johnson when Teixeira is on the market? Everybody in baseball also knows that Daric Barton will be playing first base for us, so Dan Johnson's trade value lowers even further when you consider that we are forced to get rid of him.
Mike Piazza - Iron Mike. Or not so Iron Mike. We rehabbed him at catcher, which people said was a dumb decision, but Cust was hitting with an OPS of over 1.000. You can't sit a guy that hot. You also can't justify sitting a Hall of Fame hitter either. Cust in the outfield? Yikes. Anywho, Mike doesn't play catcher anymore, and won't in the future. So his value is restricted to AL teams as a DH. How many teams in contention are struggling at that spot? Not to mention Mike is getting paid a cool $8 million this year. A waiver deal was the only thing that made sense to Beane and other GMs, simply because he didn't play enough prior to the deadline to showcase his hitting skills. Even then, there's maybe one team in contention that would trade for him: the Angels.
So, in retrospect, it's not that standing pat was good, but it was the ONLY option for Beane and Co. Even Beane can't turn snake oil into gold.