Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
BTW speaking of dropoffs I don't really see anyone who should have significant dropoffs for any reason. But I do see guys who should get back to normal.
In that ballpark with that defense and lack of run support I will have to see Harang, Arroyo and Owings stay healthy and pitch to their levels of ability until the end of July to know that they are healthy and will sustain what we hope. I share OBM's optmisms for Cueto but I also have to remember that he is young and will likely, not necessarily but likely have his ups and downs again next year. I assume that the GM will want his trade (Owings) to be the fifth starter unless his issues last year blow up again, or if he struggles in the spring.
Jocketty will be left with attempting to trade some of the minor league pitching for position players or sign some of the lower free agents if I am guessing correctly. He won't have much left in the event of need unforseen if he does.
He has a long ways to go on the offense and defense. Something that we all have been trying to speculate on how he might address that, again that is why I was asking Doug for reasonable inventory of trade possibilities knowing that he is well informed with the minor league resources.
Granted even in making those advances you may have to spend a little more than what's desireable both in dollars and FA but I have the suspicion that's exactly what Bob/Walt is up to.
I share those suspicions and suppositions. I think that Bob and his marketing department will be pushing for some marquee names to fill the seats. I don't know or think that Bob makes wise decisions based upon his hire/fire and movem in and out track record to date though, even though he might have just promised the world or complimented and supported the players, gm's, or manager's that he is and has moved out.
Two people based upon their past comments in the media or on the air who I think that lacks credibility are Castellini and Baker. I hope that Jocketty will offset their puffery and nonsense talk.
The resources for Mr. Jocketty to be able to do the job have to come from somewhere.