I go back to the text received last night. The Dodgers got rid of their outfield logjam by trading Kemp, and SD did the same by trading their #4 and #5 OF's.
That's the kind of incomplete (or dishonest) rationalization that annoys people.
The Dodgers addressed a logjam by trading Kemp -- to make room for one of the best prospects in the game -- while clearing tens of millions in salary that could be spent to fill actual holes.
The Padres addressed a logjam by trading two worthless outfielders for one worthless outfielder who's worthlessness is greater than the other two put together -- to add another great reliever -- while *adding* 50 million in salary without filling any actual holes.
Can't we agree that there is kind of a difference?
Can't we also agree that nobody wants to see Julio Urias traded for a relief pitcher, even if it's Greg Kimbrel? If that would have been the price I am happy to let him go to SD.
Greg? We're not talking about Kevin Gregg. We're talking about one of the top two relievers on the planet in Craig Kimbrel. We're also talking about the guy who should have been hands down MVP over TestostoRyan Braun a few years ago. To have Kemp and CG, I'd gladly take BJ/Melvin Upton's contract and pay him to visit Hawaii during their off season (summer). The millions SD is spending on Kimbrel/Upton is what we're paying them to take Kemp. Wow!
Nobody other than you mentioned Urias. Atlanta took two marginal outfielders and SD's fourth rated prospect, which would equate to about our #12.
Just saying, I'd take an outfield of Pederson, Puig, and Kemp with Kimbrel. You'll probably scoff at Kimbrel and Jansen, but that's my idea of a dream 8/9 inning tandem in either order. It's even better than Benoit/Craig.