Originally Posted by Jpup
The goal should always be to win the World Series as soon as possible.
I don't agree with this. I think it should always be the PLAYERS' goal to win a World Series as soon as possible; that they should play every game with the greatest prize in mind. The front office has different things to consider. There are ramifications financially and in terms of team morale and makeup that they need to consider in building a team. They need to do this with a championship in mind, always, but every single decision can't be made for only that reason. Then you end up with the Yankees' current team, which should be evidence enough that that kind of mentality won't necessarily get you a championship anyway. There are big black holes on the Reds' roster right now, and to fix them at this very moment would probably require us to give up things I'm not willing to do, for a return that would be strictly temporary and put us in the same -- or even lesser -- boat not too far down the line.
Put it this way: Roger Clemens or Randy Johnson stand a much better chance at winning a World Series game this year than Homer Bailey. But who do I want on my team? To bring in a hired gun to win a championship wouldn't even feel like it was the Reds winning anyway. And I wouldn't throw Bailey on a WS stage right now even if he were physically ready, I don't think. That could ruin forever our greatest chance to have an excellent, cheap pitcher long-term.