Sunday, May 15, 2016
(5/15/2016 11:41:00 AM) - Al
The irony is, and I have mentioned it before, is that despite the fact we all realized it was a rebuilding season, many still live and die with each loss. Why? Well, not to oversimplify, but many fans fail to see the big picture.
As of this moment, the 40 man roster is a tool to control as much talent going forward as possible. The 25 man roster must come from the 40 man roster. I suspect we will see a vastly different team on the field after the July trading deadline, and/or maybe the August one.
If today were July 15th rather than May 15th, one could easily imagine contending clubs asking about almost every position player on the roster; and quite a few pitchers as well. Nieuwenhuis hits RHP better than a bunch of everyday CF's. Presley would fit right in on many benches. Hill and Carter would probably be better off not playing everyday and being "matched up" a bit. Lucroy, while a bit inconsistent, is worth 2-3 more wins than the average backstop over half a season.
Guys like Gennett and Villar could be bartered about as Davis was. I would say we might well see an extension or two signed, eating up arby years. Of course, that does not guarantee they will not be dealt anyway. The bullpen is full of consistent performers, many signed off the scrap heap (heck, it's difficult to find anyone who was not, as of the 7 man bullpen, only Blazek and Thornburg were not signed after being let go by another team...consider that a moment).
Many seem to be caught up in the minutia of the moment. Peralta has struggled, and at some point, it is a results oriented business. I struggle to believe he is healthy, as he has lost velocity and his former out pitch, his slider, is often just tossed up as a waste pitch. Regardless, there is no long term commitment there. Pitchers are far more inconsistent by definition.
This is pretty much a stress free season...it's a shame so many make up things to worry about.
5/15/2016 11:41:00 AM