It seems like once or twice a year, a new idea overtakes the baseball media, and possible front offices as well. This year, it's the fact that rent-a-players result in draft picks.
As you probably know, this is the case with Linebrink: not only will we get him for the remainder of the season, but we'll also get two draft picks for him. Because he'll be a Type A free agent, we'll get a supplemental first round pick, plus a first round pick or a second round pick, depending on which team signs him. (This presumes both that we don't resign him, and that we offer him arbitration. Both seem like safe bets.)
If we don't care about when we have good players in the system, and we trust that we'll choose well, that's a good deal: the two "prospects" we gave up, Will Inman and Steve Garrison, were not as high of draft picks, so theoretically we'll be able to grab somebody better. We'll just have to wait longer to reap the rewards.
This has been the case for a while, but isn't it odd how it's in every single news story and trade rumor this year, while it was barely ever mentioned at least year's deadline?