I visit from time to time. I used to be part of the Old Red Guard (Lost my rights by attrition I guess.)
I still look to you all at Redzone for cutting edge discussion. I have to say, I have been a little flabergasted (like that word) by all the negativity (bordering on vehemence) that has accompanied the thread dedicated to the signing of Taveras. According to most of you, Walt is inept and the season is lost.
Dickerson (whom all of you are very high on, so other GM's must be too) and a top pitching prospect or two is traded for say (Delmon Young or Mike Cameron; Jeremy Hermida; Swisher/Nady; Jermaine Dye; Alex Rios (the Bluejays might turn into sellers); or maybe you try and flip Edwin Encarnacion and Dickerson for Adrian Beltre or Aubrey Huff (I know that Encarnacion could be the next Aramis Ramirez, but he also could be the next Joe Crede).
What I am trying to get to is that maybe, just maybe, seeing as how there are three months of trade possibilities, (as well as some shot at a few free agents), Walt Jocketty is trying to get talent together, (and I know some feel Taveras is a negative addition...I am not so sure), and in the end we at least have a basis for a run at it.
If not, Walt needs to trade Arroyo and Harang and shoot for two years from now.
The signing of Taveras gives us some depth where we have none. Walt had to talk the talk about him being the everyday left fielder, but I am sure it is not in his contract. If Dickerson hits the crap out of the ball in Spring Training and Taveras falters, I hope management has the foresight to play the best team available. Nonetheless, I like the possiblilities that Taveras brings to the table.
It is December, let's not write the season off before the first pitch!