dan72 wrote:I would place a higher priority on extending Manny versus extending Davis and Wieters.
In fact, the ONLY way we might be able to resign Machado is if we start the rebuilding process now.
If I were him I would not sign an extension until I saw which direction the team is heading. Right now it seems to be strip mining the system to maximize ticket sales with no thought for what that means to the 2016 team. WHY would ANY player be willing to give a home town discount for THAT?
If we trade Davis, Wieters, and Hardy NOW for a PILE of ML ready players and prospects and Jones and Tillman in JULY for another pile of prospects we might have a REAL contender by 2016 and give Manny a reason to want to stay.
Heck, by clearing 25M or more from the payroll the team could afford to trade for Matt Kemp at his full salary without giving up much talent. If he gets his game back they have an new franchise player or they can trade him for MORE prospects.
We need a plan. Either we spend what we need to win NOW or we need to start the rebuilding process NOW to win within a few years.