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¡°I¡¯d at least explore it,¡± says one National League executive. ¡°They¡¯d get a pretty nice return. Probably in [Andrew Miller¡¯s] range of value.¡±
To recap, when the Yankees dealt Miller in July, they received four prospects from the Indians, two of whom were among the top 100 prospects in baseball (OF Clint Frazier and P Justus Sheffield). According to ESPN front office Insider Jim Bowden, Britton would bring back even more value: ¡°Huge return. The Miller and Chapman returns, plus one.¡±
“At the GM meetings,” another exec said, “they were openly saying that this was what they were going to do. They were ready to rebuild and change the mix. And that told me that even Jerry was on board. I’d never heard them say it before. This was the first time. They never said once, ‘We’re not trading Chris Sale.’ So this time, you had to believe they meant it.”
Yessir. They meant it, all right. And now they’ve pulled it off. But it feels so strange, after all those years of going in the other direction, that even Hahn has to admit he’s having a hard time handling all the praise he’s getting — for breaking up a team he built.
“The weird part for me,” he said Wednesday, after announcing the Sale deal, “is that we walk around here [and] you have a lot of people congratulating you. … It’s a little awkward — because we traded Chris Sale. That’s not something you feel great about.”
Yes, but if you’re going to sell, you might as well nail it. And two days into Sale-A-Thon 2016, Hahn and his front office have already proved they’ve got the hang of this. Fortunately, this time, there isn’t a white flag in sight.
Adam Henrique Jersey The funny thing is, though, that to pull this off, they had to do more than simply talk about rebuilding. They had to convince the teams they were talking with that this time, they meant it — that this time, they were on the same page, all of them: Hahn and Williams and Reinsdorf. No kidding.