Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 4/11/2013 9:05 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I don't think Zito was happy is SF before the deadline. He had been benched several times. He may have welcomes going back to the league where he was successful. We'll never know.
Your 100% certainty is a bit of an overstatement.
Sure, now he's happy in SF, but last July he was in the midst of a long nightmare.
Actually, if you knew anything about Barry Zito, you'd be able to say with 100% certainty that he wouldn't have waived his no trade to go to Boston as well...
Yes, everybody we never signed or traded for could have possibly ever ended up here. You are right. We got all the players we were meant to get, and we could never have expected anything better.
That's not the point, Moon. Proposing other ideas is what makes this board great at times. It's when you spend the entire winter shredding the Front Office and saying your "plan" was so much better, yet your plan was unrealistic. You post over and over and over again that you would have traded for Justin Upton, signed Brandon McCarthy, trade for Zito last summer, traded for Brett Anderson, traded all the free agents to be and start the kids. None of this was realistic at all. You also said they did nothing to help the future, which makes no sense, since they kept all of their young players, kept all of their draft picks and didn't sign anyone to long term deals. These are the players you keep posting that they "could" have acquired:
Justin Upton: Had "no trade clause" that included Boston and said he wouldn't waive it to come here, yet how many times have you posted "They should have traded for Upton." It wasn't an option.
Brandon McCarthy: He told his agent, "I want to stay out west." Pretty cut and dry there. Last time I checked, Boston is the farthest baseball city from "out west." The Sox also weren't going to sign a guy who was injury prone and hadn't thrown a pitch since he was hit in the face with a line drive. A lot of these guys in the Front Office were around when a line drive to the face ruined the careers of Clement & Florie. There was zero mutual interest. By the way he's been batting practice his first two starts for AZ.
Brett Anderson: Billy Beane made it clear that "he's not available." Sure, if you want to give them a ridiculous package, then anyone is available, but that doesn't make any sense, either.
Barry Zito: Already explained how he wasn't waiving no trade for Boston, and not sure why Boston would have been interested last summer, even to dump Crawford.
Jacoby Ellsbury: They actively shopped him this winter but they weren't going to give him away. It made more sense to hang onto him at the end of the day.
It's not the ideas, it's the way you present them over and over like the Sox "could" have made these moves and didn't. Okay, so you don't like the moves they made, but it's time to move on.