Originally Posted by REDREAD
You need to use all avenues to increase your talent base. Even the A's spend big bucks on the free agent market. It doesn't always work, but for example, they gave big bucks to Lozia and Piazzia as free agents.
Chad Bradford would've been an awesome free agent signing for us this past winter, for example.
Another example.. The Yanks signed Sheffield as a free agent, got 2 or 3 years use out of him and then flipped him for prospects.
The key is to sign good free agents that will be desirable and tradable.
ie. Stanton, Weathers, Gonzo are bad examples of this. None of them would bring more than a yawn from other GMs next year.
Wayne had a ton of money available to reshape this team and just flat out blew it. Worse still, he locked himself into a lot of guys for 2008 as well. Let's hope he learns from his mistakes.
Oh, and another great way to add talent to a team is to trade for a guy that is arbitration eligible from another small market that is too cheap to pay for him. They are often given away for pennies on a dollar. The Reds under Linder were the ones giving away players. Maybe under Cast, we can pick up some of these type of guys. They are often more cost effective than free agents.
If Gonzo keeps hitting like he has been, or even somewhat close to what he has been I think you'd get alot more than a yawn. He is among the top 6 ss stat wise in the national league in most categories.