Last night, while watching another boring college football bowl game on ESPN, I fell asleep in my easy chair. I must have been exhausted, because when I awoke, it was April 1.
Maybe it is something in the water fountains in Bristol. Just last week, Jim Bowden, also writing for the self-proclaimed “world-wide leader,” came up with what at the time had to be the most ridiculous trade proposal of the winter.
The former Cincinnati Reds general manager suggested with a straight face that the St. Louis Cardinals should send pitchers Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal plus outfielder Jon Jay to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
It appears that his co-worker Schoenfeld did not want Bowden to hold the “worst proposal” title for long, as the former cooked up an infinitely worse idea.
There are two common threads between the two articles. The first is that the writer tries to come up with trade proposals from various teams that would knock the club currently holding a star outfielder off its feet. The second common thread is that the author would have the Cardinals badly overpay for said player.
Schoenfeld’s Cardinals-related idea is this: The club would send its top two pitching prospects in Miller and Rosenthal plus top overall prospect in Oscar Taveras to the Miami Marlins in return for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
That is a much greater give than his colleague Bowden’s CarGo whopper. Yet, Schoenfeld apparently wanted to make sure the Marlins would also throw in their gaudy home run fountain when he included a fourth Cardinal in his proposal to head south – first baseman Allen Craig.
Adding Craig took a really bad idea over the line into the land of utter ridiculousness.
I get that Stanton is just 23 years old and has a very bright future. The three young Cardinals are not yet there, but are as close as anyone can be. Then, there is Craig.
Though he is five years older than Stanton, Craig has also played in the majors three years. His OPS to date is .863. After three seasons, Stanton’s career OPS is .903. In 2012, despite playing just 119 games due to injury, Craig finished 19th in the NL MVP vote. Stanton appeared in 123 games, also limited by injury. He finished 24th in the MVP balloting.
Don’t get me wrong. There is no doubt that Stanton is a better player than Craig with a longer, more substantial career likely ahead. On the other hand, the difference between the two is nowhere near six cost-controlled years each of the Cardinals’ top three prospects in Taveras, Miller and Rosenthal. The latter two have already reached the majors with Taveras knocking on the door in 2013.
In his article, the writer also included potential Stanton deals with Texas, Seattle and Pittsburgh. Others can pass judgment on them.
Schoenfeld’s editor may have indicated his reaction by the title of the article as posted – “Impossible Giancarlo Stanton trade ideas.” Yet nowhere in the article does the author discount his own proposals or suggest he is anything other than completely serious.
In fact, he concludes by saying, “… I’m not sure the Marlins would do any of those trades.”