TBD trades away
3B Gio Urshela ($7)
Two 2020 4th Round Picks
JobuNeedsARefill trades away
SS Alexander Vargas (prospect)
Two 2020 2nd Round Picks
I like this deal for Jobu, adding a cheap 3Bman that put up a .369 wOBA last year. Honestly, I’m not a big Gio Urshela believer. He ran a high BABIP, doesn’t walk much, and probably got a lot of his power from the bouncy ball that may or may not return in 2020. I’m also not sure about his playing time. Having said all that, he’s undeniably a 28-year-old that costs a measly $7 and put up 1.548 points per plate appearance last year. That is all very good and I think you’re better off betting on real, actual production that just happened than on future picks. It’s still crazy to me that the league collectively looks at players that just did what Urshela did, then at his cost, and still seem to prefer fringe prospects that won’t debut for several years. So good on Jobu for taking the gamble that 2019 was legit. If it’s not, oh well, he’s out three prospects that won’t debut until sometime after MLB’s labor strike anyway.
For TBD, they seemingly don’t believe in Urshela either and will happily take a decent Yankee prospect and more picks to either strengthen one of the best farms in the league or flip whoever they draft to Senior Squids or Trumpa Loompas for whoever their best player is in May. It’s smart and I respect it. Good job, Josh.
The biggest loser in this trade is me, because four picks being moved means I had to update the draft sheet four times. I hated every second of it.
HUSTLE’S TOXIC $0.02
After reading Bailey’s review I have some thoughts. 1) Does anyone want to make a trade with just draft picks involved and 2) Where were you when Gio Urshella was on the block?
I prefer the picks here, because I don’t really believe in Urshella as more than just an average 3bman. Personally, I think one 2nd rounder should have been able to get it done. That being said, taking Urshella seems like a fine gamble for Jobu to make here. I think the Yankees will start him at 3b and if he hits anything close to like he did last year, he will stay, I’d lean he doesn’t. Either way, ultimately Seems Fine™️.