Originally Posted by Tragg
Hopefully he's talking about ready now, impact guys. And when he can't get those guys, he lowers his price to impact guys, ready later. We don't need any more Dannny Richars or Zack Stewarts on this squad.
The problem is that if you are trading veterans at the deadline to contenders, you are unlikely to get impact players in return. It really doesn't matter how good a GM you are at that point. The trade value is higher in the offseason, although you might find someone who has fallen out of favor with most talent evaluators who turns out to be a surprise. You can only hope Jacobs fits into that category. Danny Richars didn't. Zach Stewart didn't, although he appeared he might after one great game against the Twins.
And of course, if you trade your veterans for players who are two, three, four years away from helping your team, you are going to lose more games this year (and next if you don't make upgrades in the offseason, which you probably could have made regardless) than if you had not traded your veterans.