As I was driving home from class, I was listening to ESPN radio and I keep hearing Mets fans call in and put Lastings Milledge on this pedestal as if he was a Hall of Fame lock. The radio hosts, who I usually don't agree with, were right in saying "Listen, this kid has a lot of potential, but nobody thinks hes going to be a Manny Ramirez."
Thats when it hit me, why would we not trade a prospect who hasn't seen a day in the majors for the best hitter in baseball. Listen I'm saying trade milledge for Delgado, I'm saying MANNY RAMIREZ. You know, the guy who has knocked in 140+ RBI and hit 35+ Homers for basically the past 10 years in a row.
Because trading anything of value for Delgado is stupid since the Marlins just want to get rid of his contract.
Let me put it this way. Even if you don't think Milledge is going to be a superstar player, you should not trade him. The reason for that is because he is going to be a very good player. Will he be as good as Manny? No, probably not. But, and here's the thing, you have him for 6 years before he's a free agent. For the first 3 years he's playing, he'll make less than a million each year. For the next 3 years, he will still be underpaid. So, instead of spending $20 million a year on a guy like Manny Ramirez, or lets say $10 million a year on a player of equal value to what Milledge is, you are getting him for much less and thus can spend that money in other places.
This is the same concept as to why I don't want the Yankees to trade the prospects. There is a limit to the spending (and the Mets have less of a limit than the Yankees so this applies more to the Mets than the Yankees) so you have to have some young players that are making the minimum that are producing. If you don't, your team will have a downfall.
And lastly, Lastings Milledge is only something like 20 years old and has hit at every level he's been on. He's hit really well. Trading this kid and further decimating the farm system would just be dumb.