What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
On potential roster changes: [JD] “Even if we had won, it wouldn’t have been a good idea to bring back the same team next season. That wouldn’t be the prudent thing and probably wouldn’t have been a good idea. We have to face the realities that some guys won’t be back.”
On Josh’s performance in the last two weeks: [JD] “Tough to put it on one guy. It’s not our place to question a player’s effort when he says that he is hurt and when the doctor’s say that he is hurt. You saw the plays...like the pop up. You can make your own determinations.”
On making an offer to Hamilton: [JD]“We agreed with Josh’s people that we will not make a preemptive offer. When a player gets this close to free-agency, he is going to test the market. He should test it. We are realistic about the odds of a free-agent testing the market and re-signing with his original club. But we aren't ruling anything out.”
So that means - we won't be making a qualifying minimum offer (1 yr, $12-13 mil.) to Josh, so no compensatory draft pick. Teams have until five days after end of the WS to make the offer but it sounds like we won't even lowball him for fear he may return here (?).
Can't believe Josh would accept 1 yr, $12.5 mil contract. ... We would receive around the 30th pick in draft next spring probably as comp, but now I guess now that won't be happening.
I don't think that JD was referring to a qualifying offer. If Hamilton wanted to accept a 1-year/$12.5 million offer, I'm sure Texas would be ecstatic.
But JD appeared to be referring to a long-term offer that would prevent Hamilton from testing the FA market.
I can't envision us not offering Josh a one year deal in a few weeks to lock in the compensatory pick. He won't sign a $12M offer, but we get a free 1st round sandwich pick.
There is only ONE compensatory pick per team available this year.
The other option would be Napoli, but I really wonder if the FO is going to take the chance on offering Nap a one year deal of over $12M.
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