I have never seen how one site over reacts to signing an average major league ballplayer at a two year deal that doesn't financially strap the franchise. Now if the Reds went out and signed Manny Ramirez to a four year deal for 100 million, I can understand the outrage.
If you think small, you'll go nowhere in life.
Okay, so it's not as risky anymore, instead it's just guaranteed suck.
The risk with Dickerson is that he might struggle and be as bad as Taveras. Now we have that in stone. We're supposed to be excited about that?
You simply can't have an out machine at the top of the lineup if you want to score runs these days.
Are any of those great? No, but considering his other attributes, I'd take it for a 2 year FA signing. If he does flame out, it's only cost us cash. But it's still bought us time for the kids to develop on the farm. And the defensive improvement can only bolster the development of our young pitching.
99-63 WS champs (Cards take 2nd WC, Mil 3rd, Pit 4th, Chi 5th)
Bruce/Votto neck and neck MVP race (neither takes it)
Bailey CYA winner
Hamilton ROY & GG
And, furthermore, even if we accepted your description of Taveras as such (which I don't for a second), this is a team that finished 100 runs down in the run differential last year AND lost their biggest run producer. They don't need average ballplayers, they need GOOD and GREAT ballplayers if they even want to touch a .500 record in the next decade.
This signing sucks, flat out.
24 Years and Counting...
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013