Re: What does the Jocketty hire mean for the Farm System?
Doug, I'm not down on EE, Maloney, or Stubbs. I like all three. I just think there are actually very few teams that are going to trade a middle of the rotation starter, especially before the season, because starting pitching is so expensive relative to other values in the current market. For example, Seattle just signed a middle of the rotation starter in Silva--are they going to send him to us for EE, Maloney, and Stubbs? That looks like fair value, but for the Mariners to do that--or any team in a similar situation--is to say to their fans, "forget this year." Most fans--I'm the exception here--are pretty frantic to win right now; we've got a whole lost of posters on these boards who are willing to give away a great deal of value--way too much,in my opinion--for Erik Bedard. Why? Because they want some believable chance to win this year. Almost every team has to persuade their fans they can compete, and it's very hard to do so by giving up anybody from your rotation. Case in point: the Reds just had to give up a very promising young player, possible all-star centerfielder, for a guy who's done almost nothing to establish himself as any kind of major league starter. I happen to like that deal for the Reds, but what it illustrates is the tremendously high price a team has to pay for starting pitching.