Ender wrote:To be fair it took the Rays 10 years to rebuild and it took the Nationals getting lucky to find 2 mega super star 1st round picks to rebuild but yeah in general wasting service time on young guys or spending money on guys you know will stink is completely the wrong way to rebuild. The Pirates have kind of been that team for a long time as well, way too much money tied up in cruddy guys like when they signed Mesa to be the closer instead of just filtering young guys through to make them trade targets etc.
May point on the tanking, (I do not really think the Astros are tanking, though I would not be shocked), is that while you are developing the youngsters, delaying service time, and avoiding long term contracts, you are also improving your draft position.
"I do not think baseball of today is any better than it was 30 years ago... I still think Radbourne is the greatest of the pitchers." John Sullivan 1914-Old athletes never change.
Well I have been saying for over a year now that Aceves is awful so I guess that one makes sense. If it wasn't a 3 run lead I'd assume Hanrahan will blow it but he will probably only give up 1 run. Nothing like your 4th best RP being the guy you go to in the 9th.