since its not true thats good, i really would like to think cashman is smarter than making that kind of offer to Darvish
with his recent injuries and piss poor playoff performances, he shouldnt be getting any 5, 6,7 + year deals. if im a team, im coming in at 3-4 years MAX and a slight raise from the 11 million he made last season. but let some other team overpay for the guy and watch him turn into dice-k in a couple years.
Post by gmangraves on Jan 16, 2018 17:32:28 GMT -5
My Cardinals picked up Ozuna which is awesome. Besides that they have done literally nothing else. They are ignoring the huge problems with the bullpen so I even though I'm stoked to see Ozuna, I can't help but feel kind of disappointed.
I have stuck with the Pirates throughout my life through absolute garbage teams hoping one day they turned it around. When they finally did for 3-4 years, their management made no MAJOR moves to go for it (ala KC, Cleveland, Houston, etc...) and now the era of winning baseball in Pittsburgh is no more, and there is zero light at the end of the tunnel.
I understand the need to rebuild, but again my problem was that they didn't go all in when they had a chance to, arrogantly thinking their analytics would never be caught up to and bargain bins panning out. Well guess what, everyone in MLB goes by those analytics now and have better scouts and statistic departments than the Pirates do.
Also, if you're going to rebuild, actually get back a good return for your best players. Over the years I have come to realize our GM cannot identify or develop talent coherently and the thought of him rebuilding on his own scares me. Look at the return for Cole. Two relievers, a bust third-base prospect, and a AA outfielder who will probably be DFA'd by the end of the year. All the while they could have gotten Clint Frazier and another from the Yankees for Cole, but again this GM goes for quantity over quality, and it is absolutely maddening.
As for the McCutchen trade, it is a pure salary dump. Another return featuring a reliever and an outfield prospect so far away, McCutchen may be retired. Again, if the GM says that he intends for this team to compete this year, why trade your best and most irreplaceable player for nothing? Why not keep him and let him finish the year out once more. I know there is a connection with McCutchen and baseball is a business, but Cutch at least in my eyes was Moses leading the rest through the red sea, the face of the franchise that started in the depths of hell and McCutchen put them on his back and brought them to the promised land. The guy even named his kid Steel for god sake....
I know I am emotional about this, but after going to games as a goof and a way to kill time till hockey or football season, and then they finally get good and make playoffs. It sucks to see them fail to capitalize on an open window of winning, squandering it away for the "future" that never comes. I honestly now wish that they had never broke the streak of losing seasons, because knowing what a winning/playoff baseball atmosphere in Pittsburgh is like, and now probably never being able to see it again, literally crushes my hear.
Sounds like Chipper, Thome, Vlad, & Hoffman for the HOF this year. All very deserving, imo.
I feel like Thome was very underrated as a player. He was a beast.
In an era of roided up sluggers, he's probably in the conversation for being the best clean hitter throughout that period. And he's genuinely an awesome person. So glad he got that second run in Philly, even if it didn't last long.