The Phillies¡¯ trade for Clay Buchholz Tuesday is right out of the Chicago Cubs’ rebuild playbook

Authentic Womens Matt Cullen Jersey The Phillies¡¯ trade for Clay Buchholz Tuesday is right out of the Chicago Cubs’ rebuild playbook — another investment in the future, and something that other teams that have slashed their payrolls should really consider.

In fact, the Phillies should think about taking advantage of the incredible bargains that are starting to take shape in the free-agent market and do more of what they’ll do with Buchholz, which is the baseball equivalent of house-flipping in a hot real estate market.

While this could just mean the Rockies are doing their due diligence, it’s worth noting that such a signing would only be possible if Colorado is serious about trading an outfielder like Carlos Gonzalez or Charlie Blackmon. Ian Desmond was signed to play first next season but was an outfielder this year, meaning he could return to one of those spots and open up first base for Encarnacion or Trumbo.
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And they did it! The plan isn’t complete yet, but you don’t trade Chris Sale and Adam Eaton as they did if you plan to just tinker around the edges. They may have varying ideas on the optimal way to get value out of Quintana, Robertson, Frazier and eventually Abreu, but there’s no doubt that’s the plan.

Trading just two players so far, the White Sox already have a top-five farm system. The White Sox could end up with the best farm system they’ve ever had, or at least as far as I can remember.

With that in mind, how have the bad teams in baseball done so far this winter? For each of these teams, 10 games out of the playoffs or worse, let’s look at what they needed to be doing this winter, and how well they’ve accomplished that goal.