A_K and ofahn (Or anyone else following)
To date Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz
and Zach Britton
have been nothing short of a disappointment. I honestly thought that by now two of them would have been packaged in a trade for positional talent. I'm not suggesting someone in MLB top 50 prospects or an Allstar. However, certainly a team with need would have parted ways with a reasonably safe bet to one day become a regular everyday starter. Someone that played LF, RF, 2B or C. Probably someone needing another two years in the minors before becoming a finished product. Likely a decent minor league reliever as well.
With Arrieta, I keep going back and fourth on. He should be a 200 IP kinda guy right now. But it has not happened. With Matusz and Britton, I do not know if they will ever become serviceable starters for more that three turns through any rotation. I really would like to have seen them moved.
I do think we should have made a stronger push to resign Joe Saunders earlier last off season. Instead, he waited and got a sweeter deal. I will miss him. He was a team strength down the stretch last year.
As for top dollar free agents. Honestly I was against that from the get go as I will be at the end of this season. I simply do not believe we are in a position of sustainable success.
Think we can come close to our record with extra inning games? I don't. Think we can come close to duplicating our record with 1 run games? I don't. As much as I like Jim Johnson, he too is going to be hard pressed to have as good a season. No, I am not counting saves either.
I'm not even complaining about our situation at 1B this year. I like Chris Davis as many of you do. Alexi Casilla may be a fine utility infielder, but if Brian Roberts
gets hit with injury or ineffectiveness I think we have a rough go there. Schoop still needs time and I do not want another prospect rushed as was with Matusz and Tillman.
Likely by the end of next season Dylan Bundy
and Kevin Gausmann will be ready to take their place in the rotation. Not without growing pains. However unlike Matusz and Britton, both of them have velocity. I think that wave of "The Cavalry" will fair better with this manager and front office than the previous. I too am hoping Schoop is going to stick at 2B and resolve a huge team issue long term. He simply isn't ready yet. We do not know if Machado is a SS or confined to 3B the remainder of his career. Im not sure our situation at LF is anything more than fielding replacement players.
In short, there are too many holes to feel good about any sustainable success in my eyes.
Anyway please forgive the book.