Re: Name one transaction......
posted at 12/18/2012 12:05 PM EST
In response to Alibiike's comment:
....that Cherington has made since he has been GM, that has actually helped this team get better. The only one that most of you will cite is Cody Ross. If that is the case, why wasn't he re-signed?
After jettising Becket, Crawford and Agon, everyone assumed he had the payroll to acquire some good young talent to rebuild this team. Instead he goes out and gets a bunch of old guys, only one of which has had a decent career, but age is catching up to him. Not only that, but he way overpaid for these guys.
He never addressed the real problem which is the SP. There were several FA starters that were far better than Dempster but that is who he wanted all along. This GM is using his crystal ball to assemble a team to put on the field in 2017. He covets prospects like there will never be any more of them, hoping to be able to use them in two or three years. Unfortunately, two or three years never comes.
Since he has only been on the job for a year, how do you conclude that '2 or 3 years never comes'? Is there a prospect right now that needs a shot? Could Iglesias or Lavarnway not benefit from more schooling? Just because he is patient doesn't mean he is stupid. Do the short (and thus overpay) contracts of this off-season not signal to you that the Brentz-Bradley-Ranaudo-et-al crop of blue chippers are set up to have their shot if they pan out?
And, who were the better-than-Dempster FAs? Now, if you say McCarthy, I'll give you that. Should have signed him. He was cheap and he is a gamer. But, all the better-than-Dempsters also got lengthy contracts ... which would be working against getting the kids a chance in a year or two.
We can debate the merits of how he is putting this roster together for the short-term. I am not sold on it. I very much dislike the Drew signing. But, if you cannot see the strategy Cherrington is employing, if you really think there is no plan, thats on you man.