Since all young, able prospects must NOT go at any price. I mean, there are some WEIRD value ideas out there. At this blog, for instance, there are the following quotes by the writer and commenters about a deal between KC and Seattle:
Paxton: "It’s no doubt a project but he might be a throw in with a later name mentioned as he’s probably a season or two from being MLB ready."
Maurer: " Another throw in candidate..."
Grab bag: "Gets down to how you value prospects relative to established major leaguers. I think Gordon should return at least Hultzen, Ramirez, Walker, and a couple of A-ball lottery picks."
I would rather trade a bowl of artichoke dip for Mark Reynolds than trade Hultzen, Walker, E-Ram AND a couple of low minors guys for the right to employ Alex Gordon. He's not Miguel Cabrera, sheesh.
If we're trying to win now and we're gonna do it all with young pitching, then Walker is probably the most expendable of the Big Three. If we can't sign a bat in FA and use some money on another pitcher, then maybe it's Paxton or Hultzen.
But pieces held too long lose value, especially pitchers. Jack has to maximize the value of the young kids to us while actually WINNING SOMETHING. Anything, really, but preferrably bringing us at least a Wild Card chase. And I'm sure he's under pressure/orders to do just that.
Throwing all the kids overboard a la Bavasi is not likely to be his style, but you never know.
I just hope. ;-) Chasing a pennant with the most talented kids in your arsenal is still pursuit (see: Oakland 2012). Praying for good years with Beavan, Cust, Olivo, etc... that's not pursuit.
If we deploy Paxton, Hultzen, E-Ram, The Pen O' Death, Zunino, Montero, Franklin, etc? I'll consider that a chase engaged, regardless of their struggles. If we trade some of them for a Gordon type and go with Napoli over/alongside Montero? Also pursuit.
But it'll be hard to convince me we're truly chasing anything meaningful if the best and brightest talents remain on the farm, and we don't have bright talents blocking their major league path. THAT's what I'm waiting to find out from Zduriencik.