Originally Posted by HometownHero
Rasmus hits the ball way harder than Drew. Sure he pops up more than league average he but he also hits rockets that get caught all the time, He's been very unlucky.
Bautista totally changed his swing and got power so to use him in this is comical at best since he reinvented himself completely and is just hitting .264 since adding the HR. Encarnacion had this one good year this season and the rest of his time he's been just a guy.
We don't have the money to add drama free talent we have to find deals on damaged goods, gimmick contracts like Madson's, get lucky and draft it or trade the farm to get a cost controlled player. Locking up our star players is going to kill or payroll so we are going to be forced to take risks to win, we aren't going to keep pitching like we did this year especially in this park.
If this discussion has deteriorated to the point where we are talking about luck of a player based on "the eye test" then I don't have any interest in continuing it.
Again, by using Encarnacion and Bautista, I'm saying, they were just guys, they came to the AL East (which is so tough that Rasmus hasn't hit as well) and even if for one year they have thrived. I could go on and on with guys who play in the AL East and hit well. Rasmus hasn't done it. It's not an excuse.
As far as adding players. There are calculated risks and there's just being reckless. To me, this is being reckless. I personally don't see them as big enough upgrades (I know we have a difference of opinion on this) to put up with the headaches. It's taking a shot in the dark. Both of these guys have been on good teams and had bad attitudes on those teams as well. This team can't sit stagnant but I think they need to make smarter decisions than that.