Old Sneakers wrote:I am pretty sure if he was that irreplaceable they would've offered him an enticing contract.
I'm not so sure about that. Peter Angelos has never been on the cutting edge when it comes to thinking outside the box or setting precedent. The idea of signing a MINOR LEAGUE instructor to a long term contract at a MAJOR LEAGUE salary would not make the rest of baseball happy, so I doubt the trend will start in Baltimore.
If DD has earned PA's trust and DD thinks it's a good idea then it MIGHT get done if Rick Peterson is willing to forgo the first class treatment provided to members of a ML team. He's been fired from three other ML coaching jobs so maybe the security of a five year contract would cause him to stay. The team could even put an opt out clause for one or two PARTICULAR jobs being offered. It could also expand that clause to include the opportunity to leave if our pitching coach job comes open and he's not offered it.
The only real strength we have in our farm system is SP. We NEED to make sure that it's developed properly. Paying Peterson a ML wage to give us a stream of successful young pitching would be a BARGAIN when you consider what it costs to sign even a journeyman veteran SP. This SHOULD be a no-brainer.