Monday 17 February 2014

Great Offseason

So the Orioles have signed Ubaldo Jimenez.


That's stupid.  At least JPA's gone.

And uhh, that's about it, isn't it?  I mean, the offseason isn't technically over, because we're still looking at Stephen Drew, Ervin Santana, Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales all left unsigned.  It's just that... well.  Let's review, I guess.

  • Jettison JP Arencibia.  Addition by subtraction.
  • Add Dioner Navarro.  Addition by addition.
  • Don't sign Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Robinson Cano (as if that was an option).
  • ??????????????????????????????????????????
  • Don't improve the 2B situation.

What might be the alternative here?  Get Stephen Drew to change positions?


Totally going to sign Ervin Santana now.

Now, a little bit of honesty here.  I wrote the following paragraphs, then deleted them, thinking that it was going to sound ridiculous and rash and too harsh, but ultimately I CTRL-Z'ed them back.

There is an outside shot of the Jays inking Santana and him not sucking horribly.  There is a shot of the Jays acquiring someone through trade.  There is a shot that Stroman starts the year in the bigs and cockslaps everyone, while Morrow and Dickey have good seasons.  The offseason isn't over, and even if it is over, the season isn't over.  Having said all of that:

Perhaps it's time to blow it all up and try again.  Obviously not right now.  Wait a while.  It might work out.  Get to the all-star break or so, and see if injuries fuck everything up, or if performances aren't awesome, and we start looking ahead to 2015.  Trade Bautista, trade Edwin, trade Reyes, trade Dickey, trade Buehrle, trade the whole bullpen, trade anyone older than 26, trade anyone making more than $3MM.

Build from the ground up.  Remember all those prospects that were built up in the pipeline?  Syndergaard, d'Arnaud, etc?  Let's get more of those.

I mean, if you're not going to try, what the fuck is the point?

Dunno, it's not like there's a whole bunch of time left in the offseason for "the plan" to come to fruition, assuming it hasn't already.  I really struggle to believe that the way this offseason's gone down wasn't really the plan all along.  What was up-- waiting for Ubaldo's price to come down to 3 years and $20MM?  I'm like, probably the biggest AA apologist there is, and even I think this is bullshit.

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