Re: Is it me or could that money have gone elsewhere
You can't buy extra draft picks with that money, and any other young player you can buy with that money will be a lesser recruit. Plus they have addressed those areas with younger players. So no need to spend more money there.
If you want it spent on free agents, who is your list of free agents that will take a $5 million a year contract spread over 10 years? They are going to be mediocre at best, and probably in their 30's. So that means the current less than mediocre team adds another older, less than mediocre player. Yep, sounds like a sound strategy to win the world series.
In case you were wondering what $5 million per year gets you in the free agent market...
Garrett Atkins 3B - 30 year old after a bad year with Rockies inflated stats (above average a few years ago...who knows what you get)
Danys Baez P - 32 year old below average pitcher (that is being kind)
Jamey Carrol 2B - 35 year old utility infielder who couldn't kill a fly with hit bat
Coco Crisp OF - 30 years old, and hasn't hit worth a crap in about 5 years
Pedro Feliz 3B - 34 years old, average at best and on the way down
Nick Johnson 1B - 31, Decent stats but below average for a 1st basemen
Jason Kendall C - 35, Laughable.
Adam LaRoche 1B - 30, and about the only guy you could say "hey, move Votto to LF and put this guy at first." Even then, he is still a first baseman.
Ivan Rodriguez C - Preparing for a dirt nap
So there you have it. Take your pick of the missing piece to this team. Any other trade that frees up money can be done with or without this move, and last time I checked no one is handing out young, MLB ready SS's or OF's for aging high contract pitchers (at least not ones like Harang and Arroyo).
Last edited by scott91575; 01-17-2010 at 01:25 AM.