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Trading Polanco is a bad idea. I wouldn't trade Kepler either because nobody in the organization can play RF nearly as well as he can.
You trade the guys that can get you the most while still having options to replace them.
Kepler played very good defense true. but we have Wallner, Larnach and a couple others coming soon that can play there.
Polanco has a history of good play, but defense is not his biggest strength. Again, we have options to replace him already here AND coming soon. These are positions of strength, that is where you trade from to fill weaker positions.
Pitching is the name of the game. We need more pitching (you can never have enough). Right now our rotation has Lopez, Ryan, Paddack and Ober. I would love to get Gray back but that seems unlikely. That means we need to acquire another rotation arm. We won't likely do that on the open market as that gets too pricey, so we get a good young pitchers with a couple few years of control left or someone we can re-sign relatively cheap to an extension (Like we did with Pablo)
I like Kepler and his Defense and his second half resurgence was a big boon to getting us to the playoffs and winning a series there...but he's been floundering at the plate prior to that for a couple years and now, with this resurgence, he's at the highest trade value he will be going forward, so now is the time to move on, especially when you have other options already here AND coming soon.
Polanco's injury history is relatively recent and when he's healthy he's been pretty good. But we have a logjam of infielders already here or coming soon, Moving him now he is valuable.
I'd love to keep both, but these are our most tradeable and replaceable commodities on the team right now. And we have needs elsewhere.
< Message edited by Trekgeekscott -- 10/23/2023 9:54:32 AM >
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