I think that Cespedes will sign for something less than 30M. I suggested the rest of the money for OTHER players.
Given a choice I would prefer to have FIVE, TEN, FIFTEEN Averys in the system. First, not every prospect becomes a ML regular. Second, the more talent you have in the system the more trade options you have. Suppose we had two Averys at AAA right now that had an OPS
of .800. We could have some serious discussions with Oakland about Gio Gonzales.
I don't care if Angle isn't Adam Jones. Jones MIGHT mean four or five more wins next year. SO WHAT! We're not going to be a playoff contender until at least 2013. If Jones gets us at least two ML ready starters that win an EXTRA
ten or so games in 2013 then we have a chance to play games that mean something in mid October.
As fans we need to be realistic. Angelos isn't going to add 40M to the ML payroll for TWO players without gutting the player development budget. If that happens we'll become the Pittsburgh Pirates FOR THE NEXT DECADE. Is that what you want? This organization does not have enough talent in the majors or minors to be a winner. We HAVE TO ADD MORE YOUNG TALENT or we will NEVER compete with ANY of the teams in the AL East, much less the rest of the American League.
Duquette can say all he wants about understanding what it takes to be a winner but until he shows me that Angelos has given him the tools necessary to make those promises a reality, I won't be a believer. If we're going to spend on players this winter let's do it on young talent that we have a chance at and will be part of the 2014 and beyond teams.