For which side? Seems like the Royals could have done better if they were dead-set on trading Cabrera.
As an impending free agent, the Cubs might be better off just letting the chips fall, and then going after guys like Sanchez in free agency after the 2012 season.
There's reports that the Giants are looking to trade Jonathan Sanchez to free up payroll. He had a terrible 2011 and is in his last year of arbitration but he's a 28 yo lefty who in 2010 was pretty good. If we could do it without giving up too much, I'd be all over him.
The Royals just got him for Melky Cabrera. i'd class that as a win.
Thats definitely a win for the Giants. They got a solid player who can play any outfield position and can play solid offense, in Melky Cabrera, for Jonathan
Sanchez who, in my opinion, is mediocre at best.
To me the upside for Sanchez is potentially higher than Cabrera. Yes he has a poor BB per 9 but he's always been pretty strong with K's per 9. Anyway I think he's got a potential to be better whereas it's more than likely that Melky Cabrera turns back into Melky Cabrera (who has good numbers for a CF but is a bad CF). He becomes less valuable when he plays a position he can field. He's a strong candidate for regression for me, but i could be wrong.