Greetings, BBTiA loyalists and vistors. I’ve been out for a while because life can be hard and Baylor is great at sports [seriously, why couldn’t this happen when I attended? Thanks a lot Kevin Steele/Guy Morriss], but with life settling down, there being only a limited number of sports left for Baylor to excel in this school year, and that glorious event known as Opening Day approaching, I'm back! Given that Matches is busy learning how to one day buy the Rangers, I felt like this would be a good time for a temporary takeover. Ready? Of course you are!
I’ll have a few posts up over the next 36 hours, but I wanted to kick this party off with a bit of a thought exercise for you, 'O learned reader.
Let’s say it is the 2013 off-season and due to Jon Daniels’ sudden hospitalization due to an angry mob of AL West fans attacking him, the Rangers' front office comes to you with a pressing issue. The Rangers are trying to sign free agents to fill out their roster and make up for the loss of some talent, but they just heard an intriguing piece of news that they aren’t sure how to plan for.
The agent for an elite, left-handed starting pitcher who is about to enter the prime of his career and has local ties has passed along the information that this player -- let’s call him Drayton Carshow -- is interested in signing with the Rangers if they aren’t too far off from the best offer he receives. Any team would love to have Carshow, which means that even if the Rangers were to receive a discount, they would still be paying a steep price for him.
Realize that every one of these options entails risk. Let’s try to avoid that the front office has information on these players that we don’t have access to and play this game with only publicly available information.