He might not be an effective reliever in 2019, but if it turns out that way I'd guess it's more of a talent/skill issue than a late start one. (Although declining talent/skill may have contributed to why he had a late start too -- a bit of a "chicken or the egg" situation!)
It may be hard to differentiate the two.Players that start this late in the year are typically coming back from injury.I admit, I have no data on this, but it sure seems like those players are typically not their best the rest of the season.Now, that could be injury, it could be rust, it could be both.
I'm simply saying there is a far higher degree of likelihood that a reliever we trade for is going to be what we expect in 2019.Kimbrel could be something of a wildcard.(Again, a wildcard I wanted.The downside is there, but so is the upside)
Edited by TheLeviathan, 11 June 2019 - 01:17 PM.