Matt P wrote:I think we should head into next year with Machado. Whether he is at 3B or SS depends on the moves available to be made throughout the off season.
A_K wrote:Curious why there's so little discussion of moving Hardy to 2B, where we also have a hole. I realize his range and arm strength would be wasted there, but we're also minimizing Machado's value by keeping him at 3B. If we're going to have one of them playing at a position that minimizes their value anyway, I'd rather get the young player who's part of the organization's next 10 years at the position that maximizes his value.
Maybe there's a scouting explanation? Is there reason to believe Hardy can't play 2B?
rudyrooster wrote:I'm leary of trading for Headley. I think the Padres are gonna ask way too much in return
rudyrooster wrote:Cal Jr. says that Machados time at 3b will benefit him (as it did Cal) when he eventually makes the move to SS. That's good enough for me...
The PADRES don't control this situation, we do. WE have the young pitching they need. Not many other tams have a surplus there. WE might be willing to make a reasonable trade for him because we have a need. Few other teams with the same need have the pitching to trade except, perhaps, the As; and they usually won't pay a premium.
If the Padres get ridiculous or the As get crazy the answer is simple: we walk away.
A_K wrote:If we play Machado at 3B for the next two years, he'll never play SS again and we will have effectively reduced the value of the best positional commodity that's come through the system in three decades. It would be a massive failure and it'd be hard not to attribute it to the short-term decision to bring him up for the playoff run.
I was fine with bringing him up to play third this year. But leaving him there long-term is one of two things: a) a strategic disaster, or b) an admission that they never believed he could play SS in the first place.
A_K wrote:I'd argue that the Padres, as of today, have better young pitching depth than the Orioles.
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