If this doesn't happen, then this signing will look a lot worse. AGon is a perfect fit for a team like Boston, who has Manny, Ortiz, Schilling, etc etc. He is a nice player when you need to just plug a hole with a guy who won't hurt you. This team, at this point, needs more help than non-hurt. If there a LARGE moves coming down the pike, then this will look a lot better for me. If therer are more guys who "know how to win", then this is just flushing $$$ down the toilet.
I have disagreed with virtually 100% of the things that Krivs has done besides the Phillips deal and the EddieG deal. (I was wrong on the Arroyo deal and admit it) I have not been happy at all with WayneK but I like this deal. I think in this market it was reasonable and I am tired of poor defense leading to worse pitching than we already have. WayneK has a long way to go to impress me but so far this offseason he gets a B in my book. (The semester is far from over though so he still has time to get an F)
Tim McCarver: Baseball Quotes
I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter, that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit.
Oh, forgo about Mays, Gosling, the Wash debacle, J Johnson.
And Guardado wasn't exactly for nothing. Chick did have some potential.
If I'm Krivisky, I look at the B-type players. Players like OFs Frank Cattanatolo, David Delucci or even Trot Nixon might be easily affordable and give the Reds decent offensive production either in RF or off the bench.
People might say I'm crazy but signing RHP Eric Gagne to a one year deal (loaded with incentives) and an option for 2008 might be worth the risk.
Starting pitchers? Pitchers like RHP Adam Eaton, RHP Jason Marquis and LHP Randy Wolf will have something to prove since coming off injuries or a sub-par season and they might be worth the risk. Look at their careers and not just the 2006 season.
There are bargains out there. It is a matter of how much Krivisky wants to pay.
If you think small, you'll go nowhere in life.
"I can't say I'm surprised," Krivsky said.
"It's always difficult to put together a team that wins on a year-to-year basis; that's what we're trying to do," Krivsky said.
"Every team has their set of parameters," Krivsky said. "What other teams do doesn't affect that."
"There are a lot of factors at work - trades, signings," he said. "We'll do whatever it takes to make the club better."
"We talked to a lot of teams," Krivsky said. "You see where you might match up. We're not going to have a fit for all 29 other teams."
Shoot, Brian Cashman was moaning about it in todays Times too.Here's the first murmur of moaning about money from the Krivsky/Castellini junta. Let's hope this doesn't become a habit.
The market is fraught with this stuff, and it's well aimed... because it's tough to build a baseball team and even tougher when you have to spend to get there.
“The method to the madness is, the more players you can develop, the more you can keep from being desperate on the free-agent market,” Cashman said. “You don’t want to be desperate on the free-agent market, because you end up paying dearly.
“You almost never get fair value on a free agent, so you try to put yourself in a position where you don’t have to go shopping in the free-agent market.”
This is finally "almost" official on reds.com (I don't know what they were waiting for):
Krivsky: "I have nothing to announce," Krivsky said. "When we do, we'll announce it. It's the same thing I've told everyone else."
No matter how one may feel about Wayne Krivsky as a GM, something tells me he'd be a kick to have dinner with. "Ooh Wayne, doesn't the lobster look good?" "I have nothing more to say. I told you I wanted steak. Stop asking me questions, dammit!!"
He is a very straightforward speaker. I like that in my humans.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
As for the cost to attend a game, which is often cited as the reason why high salaries are bad, ticket, parking, and food prices are almost completely a function of demand, not a reaction to player salaries.
Everybody has to pay these inflated salaries and as the Twins, A's, and Marlins have shown is that the FA Market is only one way to build a team. If you can't afford to play in that market with the big boys, corner a different market -- be it player development, superior drafting, or simply finding those inefficiencies you can exploit.
Even if a league where everybody has the exact same resources (NFL), there are teams who are usually good and teams who are usually bad. Sure, money helps -- but at the end of the day, it's ownership and management.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Shouldn't that be:
Yes grasshopper, my evil plan to get men on base and drive up the oppossing teams pitch count will soon come to fruition. Then we can dispose of those who worship batting average and scrappiness once and for all..
I'm pretty sure with the HTML you used you'll just get a regular voice not an evil one.
If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base