Re: Why dont I hear...
posted at 12/2/2012 11:42 AM EST
In response to Drewski5's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
Much mention of Shane Victorino? Hes still a good player that would come at a good price and years, isnt he?
Hes got a really good arm, switch hitter, and could cover RF in Fenway with his athleticism. hes coming off a down year which could help with his price. hes 32, but still in good enough shape for a 2yr deal.
Im not sure what hes asking for, but like i said, if he would do 2yr deal, Id def consider it.
The optimist in me says there is no discussion on him because the posters don't like his down year or his age. The realist in me says some of the posters only want to sign guys they heard of, and that anyone that had even a single bad year, is finished.
The realist is me says there is no discussion on him because Victorino's agent decided it would be wisest to let Bourn, Upton and Hamilton go first and narrow the field of team's deserate for a CF, especially those needing one capable of hitting leadoff who did not get Bourn...
Agreed. Thats why I say be agressive towards your free agent targets. As guys come off the board, player leverage grows. Props to Victorinos agent. The flyin Hawaiin wil have suitors.
So to carry this a step further, clubs tend to grossly overpay for the good, talented FA's first because they're there and the FOs are afraid someone else will grab the quality FA's up. That leaves the run-of-the-mill FAs who will only be overpaid (as opposed to grossly overpaid) because they're all that's left and the FO feels they need SOMEBODY!
Then you arrive at the line between the desirable FAs and the undesirable ones. If a player falls below that line their value decreases because they're not desirable and the clubs may want to go with their farm system or go with what they're already got.
It's not a pretty scenario for the clubs, is it? They either overpay for a good free agent or they wait in the hope (?) that they can get someone who's not as good, only cheaper. That's a Hell of a way to have to run a railroad! Especially for a team who wants to contend every year.
From a player's stand point this reminds me of Julian Tavarez's comment about the Washington Nationals being his JLo. For Julian, it got be "closing time" and the Nats were the only "girl" who'd have him! :-))