I really cannot explain why I feel that it would be a long term mistake to trade Pie, but I feel that way. Now, if some drunk GM wants to give us a young, speedy, LH, CF who has produced in the league in return, Then Hell Yeah, trade him. But, including him to get either Brian Roberts, Erik Bedard, Joe Blanton, or most other players that the Cubs are rumored to have an interest in does not appeal to me.
I am aware of all the arguments. He is a just a prospect, even worse, a Cubs prospect. So therefore, he is doubly cursed not to ever amount to a decent MLB hitter. Well, I cannot agree with that. The Cubs do have a poor history of developing positional players and are only mildly better with developing pitchers. My argument to that is that while true, it has no connection with the instructors, coaches and managers the Cubs have in place today. As people within the organization change, does not the organizational abiilities change? I know the change may not be for the better, but my point is these people did not ruin Gary Scott, Corey Patterson, or any other failed prospect from the past. I am of the opinion to give this version of Cubs leadership the chance to see what they can do with this intriguing combination of talent and skill.
The other argument is that he cannot hit MLB pitching. I can agree that he has not hit MLB pitching well thus far. But, he has had 177 MLB ABs. Ther are plenty of players who go on to have decent to great careers that needed the chance to find their way at the plate. What we have seen from him to date can improve. I understand there is no guarantee. But, if Hendry is holding out Pie from a currently rumored trade, I'm not mad at him.
Some prospects become tomorrow's greats. Even the Cubs hierarchy is allowed to gamble on one of their prospects from time to time. Of course, you'd like to be right. But, IMO, Felix Pie is one worth taking that gamble on.