Sammy Sofa wrote: PackLandVA wrote:
Sammy Sofa wrote:I'm not angry at him; I'm annoyed with the FO.
Or for not trading him when his value was high?
That, and it applies potentially to multiple guys on the team. I get the video game appeal of fielding a team of almost nothing but homegrown stud bats, but that's not something likely to pan out, and it's not like the pitching issues were ever going to be something to take them by surprise with the way the team was constructed and how their drafting went.
It's just long bugged me how seemingly every single significant minor leaguer they developed or drafted who got called up seemingly became untouchable once they arrived.
I know a lot of it is hindsight, but it can't help but annoy me that between Baez, Russell, Contreras, Happ, Almora and Schwarber, NONE of those guys were traded when they would have brought back or helped bring back a really good return in an area of weakness from an area of strength.
But that's only half the equation. Did you want to trade them for players at a similar cost and similar points in their careers? Because then you're just moving the issue around, and in your vision from positions that are usually much easier to predict (hitters) to ones much harder to predict (pitchers).
Or did you want to trade for older, more proven but more expensive players? It's interesting you started that list with Baez. When did you want to trade him, and what do you think we could have gotten that would have turned into more than what we've gotten from Baez over the last year?
I'm not at all opposed to criticizing Theo/Jed...the failure to develop a single pitcher, what looks to be multiple misses in free agency, and that's before getting into things like Chapman, Murphy, Russell. But it's easy to look back at Happ/Almora/Schwarber/Russell now and be like 'well inevitably they were going to turn into garbage, and only we were supposed to know that and flip them at exactly the right time' when 'the right time' was when everyone was thinking 'these guys are a big part of our future'.