Except in salary dump situations, which this isn't, what trades would you think would be comparable?
1.5 years of an ace and 1.5 years of an elite closer. Both instantly become our best starting pitcher and best bullpen arm. And you think a backend top 100 guy and two throw-ins would be enough? I'd love it if that were true but I doubt it. Chris Archer brought back a ransom. Stroman is arguably a better pitcher than Archer was although not years of control favored Archer a bit. The Astros traded Ken Giles, David Paulino and a prospect for Roberto Osuna who was at the time suspended for DV.
Last year, we traded Pressly for the Astros 10th and 15th best prospects. Do you think the Twins would have kicked in Gibson for someone like Cionel Perez, their #5 prospect? Gibby and Pressly had the same years of control as Giles/Stroman. That seems like a bad trade for the Twins and Storman/Giles are a lot better than Gibby/Pressly were.
“1.5 years of an ace” and then comparing Stroman to Gibson... Gibson is no “ace” either.
Gibson is a good comp. 2019, Perez is a better comp with recency bias. Clearly I’d take Stroman over either Gibson or Perez. Stroman would absolutely bolster the middle of the Twins rotation, not compete w/ Berrios for #1, let alone “ace” (definition of ace TBD).
Giles would clearly be the best reliever on the team. Does his being a bit notorious reduce the price?
Funny enough, Pressly would not be a clear cut upgrade over Rogers (but dang it’d be great to get him back, wouldn’t it?
I lost track of where I was going with this... oh yeah, Graterol is a heck of a prospect. Him plus a couple B/C prospects should get it done huh?