Dodgers Analyst Comments On A Shocking MLB Roster Move

Dodgers Analyst Comments On A Shocking MLB Roster Move

Jeter Downs #20 of the Boston Red Sox fields a hit by Josh Donaldson of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 16, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 14-1.
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The Boston Red Sox shocked the baseball universe on Thursday after a controversial roster decision.

They designated shortstop Jeter Downs for assignment after he hit .154 in 41 plate appearances in 2022 with the Red Sox.

As fans probably remember, Downs was the headliner of the Mookie Betts trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers in early 2020, in which two other players went to Boston.

Three seasons after landing on the Red Sox, the franchise is giving up on him.

He just didn’t develop as they hoped: he has also failed to post decent numbers at Triple-A.

A Dodgers insider is giving us all a cautionary tale: superstars, in MLB, are the most valuable commodity.

Some teams believe prospects are, but they are wrong.

“This is why you trade prospects for superstars. You just never know how they’ll pan out,” Blake Harris tweeted after reading reports of Downs’ designation for assignment.

Now, the Red Sox have to outright Downs from their 40-man roster, clearing a spot for Masataka Yoshida.


Superstars Are Extremely Valuable

He will go through waivers, and if nobody claims him, he can either elect free agency or return to the Red Sox’s minor league system.

He is 24 and has top prospect pedigree, so some team will almost certainly claim him.

What happened with Downs and Betts shows why superstars are so valuable in MLB.

They are known commodities that can change a game or a season.

Prospects, meanwhile, could one day reach everyday player (or even star) status, but they often fail to establish themselves.

Their miss rate is relatively high.

That’s why a superstar is worth three, four, five prospects; even more depending on the case.

In the end, time proved that the Dodgers fleeced the Red Sox.

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