I like Cano and Wang. I think Cano, especially if he develops a bit of plate discipline, could be a pretty damn good player. I also think Wang can be a solid middle-of-the-rotation pitcher.
But I don't view either of these guys as "untouchable."
I've seen quotes from Cashman and some of the fans referring to them as such. Now, it could be that Cashman is just hyping up their value, so if the right deal comes along he will pull the trigger. But do you almost get the sense that he is over-valuing these guys too much and is almost afraid to part with these guys almost under any circumstances?
I am not saying that these two should be traded for peanuts. But you almost get the sense now that if the Cardinals offered Pujols for Cano and Wang that Cashman would reject the deal and some of the fans would be praising him. (Okay, I am obviously exaggerating here).
And this goes beyond Wang and Cano. I have seen people say that Hughes is "untouchable" and there was even (no offense) a thread started yesterday wondering if Chacon was also "untouchable."
It's weird, because the front office and a lot of fans, in years past, it seemed, would be the total opposite -- it seemed like they would consider trading the next Babe Ruth for Preston Wilson.
But now it seems like many have adopted the completely opposite extreme. And I am just wondering, is possibly over-valuing some of the potential trade bait on this team just as bad as having no patience for players and just pawning them off?