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The cost to acquire a star position player? It's getting lighter and lighter.


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The Cardinals acquisition of Nolan Arenado from the Rockies for lefthander Austin Gomber and four prospects was the latest trade of that ilk. On a micro level, it solidified the Cardinals as the team to beat in the National League Central and put the Rockies on the path to a rebuild, despite any statements to the contrary.

But on a larger scale, and perhaps more significantly, it marked a new low in the cost to acquire a star position player.

More: https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/nolan-arenado-trade-marks-new-low-in-cost-to-acquire-a-star-position-player/

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Is there a way to figure out what the equivalent prospects/players would be if the Angels were to have made the same trade? Francisco Lindor and Nolan are 2 big names that got traded this offseason. Betts last offseason etc. The last trade the Angels made for a big contract/player was Wells from what I can remember and that worked out terribly. I'm curious if there are GMs just asleep at the wheel or that just don't think even trying to trade for a superstar/really good player is even worth trying to do. From what I've read, Nolan's return was light but Francisco's was pretty good. I remember the Dodgers trading away Verdugo as the major piece of  the Betts trade and he is supposed to be a good player.

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