Originally Posted by MWM
I guess my opinion is laughabe to you, GAC?
Respectfully it is Mike if you think Lopez and/or Kearns could have really landed and improved this pitching staff. No GM in their right mind would divest themselves of pitching for the likes of those two in this market
. Not when they look at all the salivating teams starving for any kind of pitching right now. They could do better.
And who are those teams with "similar resources" as the Reds who are succeeding? I'm assuming you're referring to finances/payroll similarity? It's not teams like Oakland, Twins, or Florida who have had recent success. Their pockets are tighter then the Reds, and in a good sense. They haven't been stupid.
As has been noted before - it's not simply about spending money, but spending it wisely. And teams like the Reds, who have not historically as of late done so, need to start doing so.
There is little room for error. We're languishing, and waiting to get out from under, two contracts now that comprise 20 Mil/yr. That might be "pocket change" to the Yanks, Sox, Mets, and others, but not teams like the Reds.
And then we can also get in the discussion about scouting and player development... keeping the pond stocked so to speak. Teams like the above mentioned sure seem to have been able to do it without breaking the bank and making stupid decisions.
Overpaying for the "Jeff Weavers" of the league