Shorebirdfan wrote:Matt P wrote:Are you people serious with all this Matt Angle stuff or is it an ongoing joke from before I registered on this site? Chavez is a much better 4th OF than Matt Angle will ever be.
Extremely serious. So let me ask you, how many times have you seen Matt Angle play? Are you basing your opinion (which I assume from your comments is negative) on 70AB and some stats you've reviewed?
A_K wrote:But what they've done instead-- the "do nothing of note" plan-- is far preferable to me than the third alternative: throw money around in the high end of the free agent market in order to send a signal to the fans that "you're committed to winning," or whatever other trite cliche would have been used to justify the overpaying of veteran major leaguers who won't meaningfully change the team's W-L record.
A_K wrote:My preference would have been to see a bold offseason in which the team truly committed to building its farm system at the expense of the big league club. Trade Jones, Hardy, Markakis (if possible), Reynolds and Guthrie, while committing what would normally be spent on stop-gap free agents to commitments in the international market. That was my preferred offseason plan.
mthompson wrote:We are not a small market team, so lets stop acting like I does not make sense to sign Fielder. It is not about a few tickets or a few wins its about a 27yo monster bat that you can build around. You can not build around prospects when you do not have many and when the success rate of prospescts varies. The Yankees and Red Sox are in our division and that is not changing. If the orioles were in the AL central, where parody is of the norm, the game plan may change, but that is not the case. Talent is talent and if you look at the free agent market, guys like Prince are not going to be avail at 27. We need tostop overthinking this is baseball. Jones, Markakis , guthrie, wieters are good so you keep them and keep adding. I am not saying go after a free agent ace for 100 million, but you have guthrie who is a 200 inning solid veteran. Why not get an Edwin Jackson at 10 mill a year to give u another 200 inn guy w/ electric stuff. That is 2 solid cogs in a rotation. Just keep getting talent and dont make stupd signings of 35+yo players. Im not saying im 100% right, but come on, we need an infusion of talented young players and a 27 yo fielder and a 28 yo jackson make some sense to me and dont give me the we wont comepete for 2 more years crap, they will still be in the prime of there careers
A_K wrote:Even if it did excite the daylights out of you, that excitement would totally expire by the fifth game of the season... unless the team was winning. Winning excites fans. There's no way around the fundamental reality. Putting Prince Fielder on a 100-loss team wouldn't move the needle for season-long attendance figures.
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