Sure..but I think you could have found a similar pitcher to him and still kept Hader, who wasn’t just some after thought of a prospect at that time.
Plus you traded a comp pick.
Hader was being talked about some by the time he was traded. Tucker had a nice scouting report on him. Law said he had starter stuff.
Still he was a 19th round pick the year prior, and while he was having success at Low A... it wasn't crazy to move him. He wasn't an afterthought, but he wasn't some uber prospect either.
At the end of '12, he was on our 'on the cusp' list, but not in our Top 30.
But to be fair, he was #5 on MLB's list by the middle of '13. Tucker had him 11th.
(With his ascent that year ('13) before the trade, maybe they should have held back. I don't know, clearly there was helium there.)
Frankly it's not much different than what the O's got from Boston in this trade. A young guy showing some signs, that someone liked.
The odds were against Hader becoming anything, but he developed into something awesome.
These guys the O's just traded for... might be nothing, might be our own lottery tickets.
The comp pick loss sucked.
*The trade you nailed as being dumb as Davies / Parra. I thought Parra could help for that Summer ('15), but that was rough.
**Would be nice to have Hader, Davies, E.Rodriguez.
***I make that Rodriguez / Miller trade every time though.