I don’t think you brush off his struggles, but context paints a much more optimistic picture than baseball reference.
For starter, Luzardo has already had success at the big league level, not to mention in the playoffs at an extremely young age. Brinson had not prior to being sent to Miami.
As I mentioned earlier, Luzardo was brought up to the show extremely early. Had he pitched in AAA his age 22 and 23 seasons (like most big prospects) he would’ve absolutely dominated that league and probably positioned himself as a top 5 prospect in baseball.
The industry became infatuated with Edward Cabrera after dominating A+ and AA ball at age 21. Luzardo was dominating AAA and had a successful cup of coffee in the show at that age.
Instead, Oak challenged (or rushed) him, and he responded quite well. This year has been rough for him, no doubt. But it’s also a total of about 60 IP at age 23 for a guy who wasn’t allowed proper time to develop.
We basically just got an elite level pitching prospect who we’ve been able to see pitch in the majors some. All for 2 months of Marte.
And the best part? We aren’t reliant on him developing into an ace. If he develops into a 2/3? Awesome. If not, totally fine. We have enough depth to fill in the spots. Even his worst case is a really intriguing reliever option