Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 11/8/11

In case you missed it, the Royals and Giants made a swap sending Melky Cabrera to San Francisco and Jonathan Sanchez (and Ryan Verdugo) to Kansas City. I can tell you right now that the Royals are the clear winner of this trade. And that's not to say that Sanchez is a future Cy Young winner and that Melky is going to garlic fry his way out of AT&T Park (or get stuck in the doorway of it). In fact, when all is said and done, neither team will probably benefit in the long run from this deal on paper. Melky only produces if he takes Kevin Seitzer with him to coach, and Sanchez has Oliver Perez written all over him.

But philosophically, Kay Cee wins the deal every day and twice on Sunday. They took an outfielder who had already been traded once and released once in two seasons, and turned his career year and his limited ceiling for Sanchez, who has a much higher ceiling and can really be an asset if he ever finds a way to harness his control. It's a philosophy that another team could have used on another outfielder coming off a career year.



Yeah, that guy.

Now when Pagan was coming off his career year, he was a couple of years older than Cabrera, so maybe they wouldn't have gotten a guy like Sanchez for him. But instead of trading him after last season and maximizing his value, the Mets held on to him a little bit too long. Pagan's 2011 season only seemed a lot worse than 2010 when statistically, it's really wasn't that much worse. But now the Mets are stuck playing a game of chicken with Pagan, saying that they plan to tender him a contract, but it could be simply to keep his value up to try to trade him for anything they can get before they have to pay him $5 million in arbitration. Too bad this didn't happen last season. Sad when the Royals are showing the world the right way to assess value.

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