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Ken Rosenthal has some notes on the quiet trade market for Travis Snider in his latest for Fox Sports, explaining that “rival clubs like Snider, but know the Jays are unlikely to move him when his value is down.”
“The Jays’ reluctance to give up on Snider, 24, is understandable for other reasons as well,” he adds. “First off, the Jays might need Snider at some point this season. Second, a talented young player can haunt a team that gives up on him too quickly.”
He then mentions the same name that Alex Anthopoulos did when speaking with Mike Wilner in the wake of the demotion: Brandon Phillips. (At least, I think that’s where he brought up Phillips. He definitely did at some point, somewhere.)
Phillips, of course, was a second-round pick of the Expos, who made the Majors at 21 with Cleveland, having been acquired in the Bartolo Colon deal, but wasn’t able to fully translate his minor league success until his age 26 season– a year after he was traded to Cincinnati. In the five season since the beginning of that breakout year at 26 in 2007, Phillips has accumulated 22.1 wins, per FanGraphs.
Of course, he “needed” a change of scenery in order to do it– or, at least, he experienced one. Who knows whether or not it was actually necessary.