Why Talents Like Osuna & Chapman are Like Landfills
Our garbage needs to go somewhere and we all know landfills are a necessary evil. We approach eye sores and nuisances like landfills with an "as long as it's not in my backyard" attitude. Out of sight, out of mind. But sometimes, there are towns, villages or cities that welcome the landfill because of, let's say, tax benefits.
Nine out of every ten championship teams need a dominant, shut down, choose whatever adjective you want type of closer. Every team wants one and that want has never been highlighted as brightly by the moves to acquire Aroldis Chapman a couple of years ago and Roberto Osuna this year at the trade deadline.
Chapman and Osuna were both suspended by MLB for violating the domestic violence policy and yet to World Series-contending teams, the accusations and details of despicable acts could be forgiven.
For some teams, the potential of winning a title is enough of a benefit to take on a landfill. I don't have a problem with the Astros trading for Osuna, but would I celebrate the deal if it were my team? No. Would I be extremely conflicted if confronted with a situation that would ordinarily have me rooting for a reliever? You bet.