Yet, your best assets on the team are young infielders that can solidify second, short and third for years.
With a fan base that’s paying more attention to another very successful franchise, you feel you need to make a splash. Plus, you need a manager and have a GM that has been less than stellar.
So, what do you do?
You keep the GM. You hire a re-tread as a manager and not someone who has fresh ideas. You then sign a ‘fan favorite’ that was a destitute person’s David Eckstein. Of course, that ‘fan favorite’ will happen to take time away from the best players on your team.
Now, you’re in a bidding war, probably against yourself, for a great player who wants an INSANE contract and ALSO will totally supplant one of your best young players.
Yeah, you’re the M’s. You’ve got Lloyd McClendon, Jack Zduriencik, Willie Bloomquist, and maybe Robinson Cano.
Cano for eight years and Starbucks CEO money. A contract that, while not being a horrid and awful deal like Ellsbury’s or Pujols’ or Ryan Howard’s, will definitely be an albatross by year five or six. Maybe by year four.
Oh, and there’s a rumor that you’ll package either Brad Miller or Nick Franklin (the good, young players that play infield) along with your best pitching prospect to rent Matt Moore for a couple of years. Didn’t we see this last year from Tampa?
Whatever, Mariners, go ahead. Overpay for someone when you have assets that add value at those positions, and don’t even think about improving the outfield and first base meh-men. All in the name of TRYING, for gosh sake. Never mind that you could even think about PLANNING or anything and sticking with a plan with your good, young players.
Because what do you have to lose if you do these deals? The worst that can happen is that you’ll soon have slow, mismatched players that have to play out of position just to field a team.
Hey, we saw this movie before…