Kluber, Bauer, Cole, Scherzer, Carrasco, Wheeler, Corbin, Foltynwicz, Mike Clevenger, German Marquez and Marco Gonzalez were all top 20 in WAR last year and traded as young pitchers; that’s more than half of them. Noah Syndegaard doesn’t even make the cut.
Are younger, good, guys traded? I don't get this at all.
I count one of the top 20 who was acquired as a big money free agent; Scherzer makes both lists.
I’m not against free agents (though I am against sinkerballers), but developing and trading for your top line guys is how you’re going to turn things around. We need guys at and before their peak, that rarely happens with free agents.