"The problem with strikeouts isn't that they hurt your team, it's that they hurt your feelings..." --Rob Neyer
"The single most important thing for a hitter is to get a good pitch to hit. A good hitter can hit a pitch that’s over the plate three times better than a great hitter with a ball in a tough spot.”
I'm not sure if Rios is a RFer instead of a CFer ONLY because the Jays already had Wells in CF, but he's good enough in RF that it might be the case. It's at least theoretically possible that Rios is an average to above defensive CFer.
"Reality tells us there are no guarantees. Except that some day Jon Lester will be on that list of 100-game winners." - Peter Gammons
Also, who does he start in front of? It won't be Dunn or Griffey, regardless of what we think about those situations. Would he start over Josh Hamilton?
As for Bailey, when did I bring him up at all in this thread?
What if Griffey and Dunn are on the way out? Hamilton, Bruce, Rios anyone?
"I'm a Cucumber, I'm a cucumber. I'm a cucumber, I'm a cucumber. I'm a cucumber, I'm a cucumber. Please don't send me to the pickle farm, bum." - Brak
Record In Games Attended, 2007: 2-1 (1-0 GAB, 1-1 Jake)
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.
If Krivsky was able to spin Bruce and Bailey into Bedard and Rios, he should immediately be nominated for Executive of the Year and given a five-year extension. Those would be the best moves possible for this franchise, both in the present as well as the future.
If you have to add names like Stubbs and Maloney, so be it!
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.
"I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all out of bubble gum."
- - Rowdy Roddy Piper
"It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong. I am not a big man"
- - Fletch
Just because a deal didn't get done at the meetings doesn't mean some interesting possiblities haven't cropped up because of them.
These next few months will be very interesting.
Stay tuned, indeed.
Pray for Rain.
Here's a fun thread to read from last offseason.