What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
The key word there is elite. James Shields is not elite and thus they werent willing to overpay. And really, I dont think Justin Upton is elite either (because of his inconsistency). Especially not when David Price and Giancarlo Stanton are supposed to available in the near future. It just doesnt make sense to empty the farm for good players when elite players will be available in the near future.
Ask Mark Cuban how that financial flexibility is working for him.
Mavs were gonna get Dwight Howard and D-Will.
No one is getting David Price or Giancarlo Stanton without "over paying"
Tampa Bay's farm system is already a top-ten, unless I'm mistaken. I can't see them accepting a large quantity of prospects for Price. I think it is more likely the quality matters. Considering how Kansas City overpaid for Shields and Davis, I would expect 2+years of Price starts with a package of Profar and Olt, plus a highly touted pitching prospect. Miami, on the other hand, might be more willing to accept a truckload of prospects for Stanton. They have a lot of building to do and could use the depth.
I don't think you can assume the Rays will trade Price next off-season. If Moore and Jennings break-out this year and Archer and Myers establish themselves as Major Leaguers in 2013 I'd think TB would keep Price for a WS favorite run in 2014. They may lose some value trading him before his final year, but considering he makes a lot of teams WS contenders and a few teams WS front runners, I think there would be a lot of teams bidding on him in the pre-2015 off-season.
It's pretty stupid to suggest that trading Felix = not trying to win. Was Tex "not trying to win" when it traded Teix? SEA is a long ways off. Trading Felix was the play.
I understand that. But my point is, you arent goint to overpay for Shields or Upton when Price and Stanton are just around the bend. The rangers have shown (with darvish/beltre/lee) that they will overpay for the right player. But Shields and Upton are not the right players IMO.
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