Friday, June 11, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, June 11, 2021 -- "Trading a Rental"

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"It’s just not clear what Scherzer would bring back in trade. You can draw a line at 2016, when the Cubs, trying to win a World Series for the first time since 2018, sent a very highly regarded prospect in Gleyber Torres to the Yankees in order to rent Aroldis Chapman for a few months. That trade helped contribute to a hell of a party, but it, and in fact that whole trade season, sticks out in the modern game. It’s now incredibly difficult both to get teams to trade top prospects and for teams to get much value for rentals."