StlSluggers wrote:I'm certainly giving them the chance to prove that Bavasi was the weight holding them down. Since his departure, they have made more good decisions than the entire sum of all of Bavasi's moves. That may not hold true in the long run, but they are certainly behaving like a different management core; at least, what I'm seeing here.
What good decisions though? I don't see cutting Sexson and Vidro as good decisions. They are decisions that my five year old daughter could have made. Granted she's really smart, but still... The mere fact that Vidro continued to stay on the roster and get PT and bat cleanup for weeks after Bavasi left is not an indication that things have changed. Then I was happy to see the Rhodes deal, but not getting rid of Washburn when they had the chance at the deadline made me very sad.
Now they've got another chance to not only rid themselves of $10M in dead weight, but to actually get something back and they don't take it? Reports are the M's were offered Bonser, and they wanted Blackburn or Slowey and were turned down. If you look at the numbers, Bonser is actually a better pitcher than Washburn, and he gets the minimum while Washburn makes $10M a year. Tough decision...
The problem is that no one around baseball seems to know who is in charge. There are rumors that LP was all over the Washburn deal but it was vetoed by Lincoln/Armstrong (CEO/President). It's like they think "well he's making $10M a year so he's got to be good, if we're going to trade him we need someone good back!" forgetting all the while that he wasn't worth $10M to anyone but them in the first place. Even if it's not true, the very fact that people around baseball think it is very troubling. It's a very frustrating time to be a fan. If it were up to me, I'd fire everyone from the ownership group and the front office (with the exception of Bob Fontaine who runs the draft and has been doing a heck of a job) and start over.