With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, and the Dodgers still clearly are in need of some elite bullpen help. Recently on our Twitter, Dodgers Nation posed an interesting hypothetical question on Twitter for fans to ponder.
A) Give up the farm and win one World Series this year then fail to win for the next 10 years
B) Take our chances every year for the next 10 years because our prospects will most likely get us to the playoffs every year
That's basically the question now https://t.co/UMvbqlgQcB
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 29, 2019
Safe to say, there were a lot of opinions from both sides…
Some fans are very firmly in option A’s camp, and reasonably so. Two straight heartbreaks in a row will do that. Moreover, the Dodgers haven’t won a World Series Championship since 1988, and quite frankly, it’s about time that drought finally ends.
People are tired of hearing the negative banter about LA’s inability to seal the deal at the end of the season.
For many, it’s a simple equation. First, seize the day and make the trade. Second, celebrate with a championship parade in late October. Third, worry about the future later.
Tough question but I’d say A. We’ve waited long enough and been so close.
— ryan decker (@rgd76) July 29, 2019
I’d rather have the one ring. Waited my entire life for one and am not interested in waiting any longer.
— Marshall Garvey (@MarshallGarvey) July 30, 2019
Option B is what we’ve done the last two years; the definition of insanity.
Open our wallet. Option A
— Joe Scibelli (@JoeScibelli) July 29, 2019
Fans from recent championship teams chipped in with their thoughts on the matter.
I’m a Cubs fan so I can give you my answer/perspective, it’s A every time. 2017-19 have been frustrating but I remember 2016 during every rough stretch and it’s worth it
— Youssef Ibrahim (@ptbnl_) July 29, 2019
As a Royals fan I will never regret giving up the farm to win the WS, plus the Dodger are much better at Player Dev. and scouting and will rebuild the farm quick.
— Michael Logerwell (@MJ_Log5) July 29, 2019
While trading our young guys for a sure championship this year sounds awesome, others are less attracted by that option in comparison to option B.
For those fans, retaining the farm, taking our chances this year, and thus competing for a championship for the next 10 years is a bit more enticing.
For many in that camp, there aren’t really any trade targets that they think makes option A a true reality.
Obviously, if we could see into the future and know the outcome of the trades they’re making, sure, buy the championship. But this isn’t how sports work, nothing is a 100% guarantee. Making a trade doesn’t ever GIVE you a championship.
— Wendy Renee (@ameliaoswin) July 29, 2019
There's no guarantee no matter who you acquire so its tricky dealing with hypotheticals like this. But if somehow you could magically guarantee either one World Series and thats it or 10 straight playoff appearances with the chance for multiple titles I'd prob go with the latter. https://t.co/140NVwrXZC
— Brian (@BriRobitaille) July 30, 2019
Looking at the Dodgers’ moves in the last two trade deadlines, this argument does make a lot of sense.
In 2017, the Dodgers traded for Yu Darvish, and at that point in that respective season, they seemed like clear favorites to take home the World Series title.
I’ll spare everyone and refrain from rehashing the Darvish World Series horrors, but we all know how that turned out.
And last year? Similar story. The Boys in Blue made up for losing Corey Seager in early April by replacing him with All-Star shortstop Manny Machado.
This was a huge addition for the team, and while Machado did produce and contribute for the Dodgers as they headed for a second straight NL pennant, he clearly didn’t get them over the hump.
Acquiring a reliever like Felipe Vazquez would no doubt improve this year’s roster. However, the truth is that Vasquez does not fully guarantee a championship.
In my opinion, the Dodgers should trade for him but only at the right price. They should not settle and end up selling the whole farm.
As much as I’d like to join the many Dodgers fans who are in camp A when it comes to the hypothetical question posed above, I feel as if I tend to agree more with the second option.
What would your answer be to our question above? Let us know below!