OutfieldGrass, on 05 March 2013 - 06:17 PM, said:
If we were a contending team I could see wanting a veteran in the final two spots. We aren't. The entire purpose this season is to find out who will be part of the teams future...
I think you'd better call Zduriencik and tell him that this is another prospect development year. I don't think he got the memo.
Have you seen his acquisitions this season?
- Morse - 1 year contract
- Morales - 1 year contract
- Ibanez - 1 year contract
- Shoppach - 1 year contract
- Bay - 1 year contract
- Andino - 1 year contract
- Saunders - 1 year contract (plus mutual option)
- Garland - 1 year minor league contract
- Bonderman - 1 year minor league contract
Plus, we have Gutierrez and Ryan who are in the last guaranteed contract year with us. There are 8 players virtually guaranteed a spot on the 25-man roster who are on 1 year contracts (Morse, Morales, Ibanez, Shoppach, Andino, Saunders, Guti and Ryan) plus two more (Bay and Garland) who have a very good shot at earning a roster spot with a good spring.
That doesn't seem like a team built to feel out pieces for the future. Especially when you consider how many of the younger players will likely get reduced playing time by virtue of all these acquisitions.
The only guy on the list who seems to have lowered his chances of making the team is Bonderman. I expect that only one of Bonderman or Garland were going to make the club anyway, and even then only if they performed at least as well as the internal candidates. Right now, Garland is doing just that. Ramirez is making a strong case for himself as well.
The team is clearly trying to make a big splash this season. Maybe it's all about trying to save Z's job. Or maybe it's trying to woo back some of the fan base they've lost, knowing that their rebuilding efforts were a year or two from fruition. Maybe they just want to remove the stigma of losing that's made the club undesirable for free agents. Whatever the reason, Z has loaded up on short-term vets and given those "future" players a back seat.
This is a team that is "going for it", even if "it" is nothing more than being competitive.