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@Operation Shutdown And let me just add one more thing - there's an article out there by Morosi of Fox Sports in which the following piece of info is provided (Link: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/pittsburgh-pirates-joey-votto-cincinnati-reds-zack-greinke-milwaukee-brewers-071612):
Marte, 23, and Taillon, 20, are well-regarded prospects, but let’s be honest: We’re not talking about the next Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw. Marte is roughly one year younger than Upton and has yet to spend a day in the big leagues. Taillon, the same age Kershaw was at the time of his big league debut, has a 4.43 ERA this season at high Class A.
This might well be Morosi speaking for himself or it might well be him repeating/paraphrasing something someone in the D-backs camp stated to him about the negotiations. This line of reasoning is, at best, specious. But it should underline my point about how anything and everything will be used to create a better return for one party...
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@Operation Shutdown I'm not saying a GM would put stock in it after the player has been acquired, but prior to acquisition - anything and everything matters. Again, it's a negotiation in which both sides are trying to get the best possible deal for their respective parties and anything that can create leverage, perceived or real, will be used to achieve that end. Marte coming up and looking generally lost will absolutely be used by opposing GM's in trade negotiations to reduce his value and increase their return - in terms of volume or quality...anyway...just my two cents. This assumes of course that the Pirates WANT/NEED to make a deal.
MY preference is bring the kid up now, yesterday. I'm not big on Upton and I think the bucs are being used here to drive up the asking price on Upton in hopes a team with an, arguably, better farm system comes along and drops a Texeira type deal on them (Jays?). Additionally, I see deals being easier to get done after July 31st, when the posers have been weeded out and their assets go up on the market...
2 things - Marte is likely being held back because his value could be - could be - diminished if he is brought up and generally flops, i.e., Aramis Ramirez, over the next three weeks. If he is the focal point of an Upton deal (or any other highline player), you do not want to risk diminishing his perceived value. It's a classic Devil you know being better than the devil you don't...we know he can kill in AAA...if that's his high water mark, negotiate based upon this.
The 2nd thing - they're probably not going to call him up whilst the team is on the road. He will make his debut at home(and yes, this is a total reverse jinx sentiment).