Jameson Taillon traded to Yankees in Pale Hose Talk Posted 1 hour ago 5 hours ago, YourWhatHurts said: But OTOH Rutherford doesn't have a lot of value either, and he was a late first round draft pick out of HS and so was Ian Clarkin and both of those guys came from the Yankees in the DRob/Kahnle dump off. It's hard to get value in the draft regardless. The best policy is to spend as much money as possible on the highest-end guys available. In the Sox defense, they have been doing a much better job targeting higher-level players in the early rounds in the draft lately. Re: the group mentioned though, Burdi has made some progress now that he is healthy. He could still turn into a quality pen piece. Walker got us potentially 2 years of Mazara and in hindsight we should have traded him for someone else. Gonzalez seems to be on track to being a decent if not quality 4th OF IMO, which is a pretty good outcome anyway. Only Sheets really looks like a guy with a pretty low likelihood of having any MLB success, but he also has made some improvement and he may have enough value to net the team a quality MR or bench piece at the deadline. All in all, I think that group mentioned isn't really that damning. Sure they could have done better in hindsight but let's just go look draft to draft at all of the high schoolers who are taken in the first 3 or 4 rounds who totally bust. Also coming to mind are Spencer Adams and David Holmberg who were HS guys who didn't work out. I also remember getting excited about drafting a HS named Stephen Upchurch and I think he fell apart before he even got off of the bus to Great Falls. More often that not these guys don't work out. I do hope that whether it is a HS or college player, the Sox try to do what they did grabbing Crochet and Kelly back-to-back all the time in every draft. Rutherford will most likely never amount to shit and still netted two high end RPs a year after drafted. And that is the point here. The Padres and Yankees traded a bunch of guys to get 4 starting pitchers. Most of those guys are so far away and we probably won’t hear about them for a few years, or ever again. But all the key pieces are projectable players with decent to high upside. Those are the players teams want as center pieces for cost controlled assets, not the low ceiling high floor college picks. Not just that, Sox actually went above slot to sign some of these college picks that had no leverage, which made no sense. It’s more of the same shit on the LatAM side, trading away slot bonus and signing a guy like Yolbert.