Huh? They got the #1 prospect in baseball, a good SP prospect, and two more pieces.....how did they screw themselves, exactly?
Sale is a #1 who will be providing MLB wins immediately. Moncada likely will require at least one option year, maybe three. Maybe he never provides MLB wins. But he'll need to be rostered while they "find out what they have." Its a huge risk. And the upside is overblown IMO. Being the #1 prospect and a second baseman is almost an oxymoron. Second base is the landing spot for failed SS and 3Bs. He would have to hit like Jeff Kent to reach his supposed Hall of Fame ceiling.
Kopech doesn't have the pitches to start. His fastball is legit and being a MLB bullpen arm wouldn't be a terrible outcome but that's again, the landing spot for failed starters. Then there are the character questions ie. missing time for breaking his hand in a fight and using banned substance and being suspended.
The other two look like throw ins.
And compared to packages for example,, a half season of Chapman, it just seems like an exceedingly poor strategy to deal him at this time, for a fairlysimilar return. IMO.
Edited by Willihammer, 06 December 2016 - 01:57 PM.