Dawgpound 1613 wrote:It's amazing all the pseudo-GMs here.
Please, explain what offers the Braves turned down for Giles. Please provide one link that shows that the Braves turned down ANY offer for Giles.
Of course no one can provide concrete evidence that the Braves turned down any offers for Giles but it is definitely curious that they can trade Horrible Horatio for Soriano and can't even turn Giles into mid-level prospects. I don't buy into the notion that teams were hesitant to trade for Giles because they felt they could get him cheaper in the open market than taking him to arbitration in the worst case scenario.
Well, I will admit I was wrong. I would have thought Giles, in this market, would have commanded a salary in excess of his arb award. But if the Padres signed Giles and it was for $3-4MM, then good job by Towers and evidently there was no team willing to give even mid-level prospects because they COULD sign him for cheaper.
Which makes me think JS did the right thing (when considering the $80MM cap) in dumping him since he knew there was no market for Giles at $5.5MM.
I still think it is stupid for a team to operate under a $80MM budget when revenues have obviously grown in those 4 years. Talk about screwing the fans.
As for HoRam - based on the FA price of SP, and based on Seattle getting shut out at that time, I could see them taking a gamble on a young LH $3MM SP with a winning record (if nothing else). Yes, they gave up a lot if Soriano is healthy. But if he's throwing 91 in winter ball (as reported) and possibly hurt again, it isn't as one-sided as it seems (though still one-sided).