ofahn wrote:I would raise the same question about Reyes.
Can he be a starting pitcher?
Can he be a reliable reliever?
Can he play 2B?
Can he play LF?
Can he do ANY of those things while he's playing SS?
Fielder and Reyes would cost us about 45M a YEAR and would not fill ALL of the holes we have. It would also max out the budget it appears that Angelos has set for this team so there would be no money to even fill those holes.
I want at least a .500 season as much as the next fan but I don't want to mortgage the future to get ONE SEASON. I would rather see the team use the approximately 50M a year they will get from departing players this winter on building the farm system and keeping our young players (Weiters, Jones, Matusz, etc. who will be eligible for arbitration) so that we can have a winning team for a long time.
I'm not worried about starting pitching (yet) so much though we could obviously use 2 more arms and more depth. Say they get Darvish, Fielder and Reyes. Those are the major needs of the ball club for next year IF they really want to compete for the division. They are not going to do it, so why bother pretending we can with the current group we have. There isn't enough at AAA to help this team in 2012. Its a weak free agent class. Magic 8 ball says its freaking ugly. So again why bother pretending.
From where I sit the core is set with Matusz, Britton, Arrieta, Jones and Wieters 3 years from now. You add to that with Machado, the Bundys, Schoop, Esposito, Townsend, Avery, Klien, and a bunch of other bullpen arms. You'll have a potentially great balance between veterans and youth.
I'm sickened more by the losing this year than last. But I've come to accept it just is not going to happen with how this team is constructed and what we have on the way over the next two years. Its just not going to be enough. And they simply will not spend the money until allegedly they are closer. Management needs to make certain concessions and some major commitments (Jones/Wieters) to keep a target year in mind. No more open ended stuff.