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mak1277 wrote:jh2031 wrote:johnsamo wrote:THink about it, 3 years from now, all those Pirates will be gone anyway... No way the Pirates have the bank to resign Bay....
Better too grab two possibly great pitchers and some good young prospects now.
The Pirates won't let Bay get away. I know they don't usually sign guys to big deals but he's too good to let go.
Agreed. If they won't/can't sign a guy like Bay, they should go ahead and fold up the franchise.
johnsamo wrote:Pirate fans pretending they can keep Bay are living in an illusion with the big $ teams (and Bay's agent) just chomping at the bit to pounce when he hits free agency.
The Pirate fans have to be realistic. The Pirates basically have to try and be competitive by being like the A's or CLeveland. Build a good young farm system, either sign their future stars to long terms deals very early (too late for Bay) or trade your star guys a year or so before their due for free agency. Hope you can piece together enuf good young kids, the players you signed to long term deals early, and the occassional not too expensive veteran players to stay competitive and keep the turnstyles turning.
When small markets team loses or trades very late their cheap star, they're basically wasting an asset. Oakland and Cleveland are very good at this sort of small market dillemma, that's why they are often contenders and in the series, the Pirates aren't and that's why they haven't been good since the days of Stargell and Parker.
johnsamo wrote:YES.... MONITORS.... PLEASE KILL THIS THREAD. I STARTED IT, NOW I WANT IT STOPPED. Had no idea so many Pirate fans would crawl out of the woodworks to call me an idiot and a heretic. Please kill the thread before they storm my castle and burn me as a witch.
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