A guest column from blingboy.
John Mozeliak plays close to the vest during the off season, which can be frustrating for the rest of us. A cryptic mention of low hanging fruit or dry powder is all we can hope for. That is why a couple of articles concerning Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and his frustration trying to get value for his top prospects this winter caught my attention.
Over the last few years, the Mariners, like the St. Louis Cardinals, have turned their farm system into one of the best, featuring some highly-rated prospects. Mr. Zduriencik was hoping to use prospects as currency in trade this winter. While that has been an effective strategy in the past, it isn’t working out that way this year.
The market for prospects is not what it was.
Reasons given for the devaluation of prospects include the second wild card and all the TV money sloshing around, but Mr. Hendrix of prospectinsider thinks the market will rebound in ...