I feel like a man in the wilderness - which is appropriate since my career has been guiding adventure trips and leading people into nature for extended experiences, but this is a different wilderness so let me lay out my objections:
- Darvish has looked like anything but HOF the last two years and he is only getting older.I have watched too many pitchers peak in their very early 30s and then fade.
- If we have him for 5-6 years and he is not an Ace we will be paying him Ace money and what good is that.Are the Angels happy to pay Pujols for his negative value despite the fact that he was HOF when he was with the Cardinals.The Cardinals were wise.
- Ervin Santana has 1 or 2 years left.Many project his regression for this year.
- Berrios is ready to move up.The progression has been great.
- The young players have progressed and will continue to do so - and we can build with them.
- If Gonsalves and Romero can put things together this year and star the next we are where we want to be.
- MLB has become a BP league and we have our strongest BP ever so ride it our and do not overpay for a veteran starter who is aging and regressing. He has completed 2 games in 5 years so the BP is essential to his success.He is good, but how he has attained a reputation as this amazing starter is not something I understand.
- If we invest in personal coaches, if we truly emphasize development we can bring forth our young pitchers.We have Mejia, Berrios, Goncalves, Romero, Trevor May, Pineda, Thorpe, Slegers and Jorge - can't we develop them?
- The other teams guys are not necessarily better than what we have.Who knows, in two years
- It is not my money, but I would not spend it like this.
The beauty of Twins Daily is the clear display of multiple and different opinions. You have my respect while I completely disagree with you. You are not a man in the wilderness... there are plenty here that agree with you... I'm just not one of those.
1. I'm sure the HOF discription was embellishment and I think the aging process that we all go through is true enough to support your assertion that players fade as they age. You also forgot to mention that pitchers frequently get severe injuries that can shut them down for an entire year and that could be year one of the contract. I won't tell you that Darvish can defy all of that. I will simply tell you that I believe that Darvish has stuff that very few in this league can match or surpass. He can help this team right now and how much help he can provide us at the end of the contract will have to be addressed later.
2. The Twins have clearly identified him as top of the rotation talent. If he fails to be a top of the rotation talent it will be disappointing for everyone but that's like saying... I'm not going to get married because what if my wife hates me. What if she doesn't. As for the Angels... I think the Angels understood how old Pujols would be at the end of the contract. I think the Angels wanted Pujols and paid the price to get Pujols because that was the price. They got who they wanted and I don't think the Angels are hating having him on the roster. I also think the Cardinals were wise at the same time. The clubs were in different situations at the time. It worked out for both.
3. I don't worry about projections... they are a dime a dozen... It only matters what actually happens. But... if the projectors are correct and Santana goes belly up on us... We will need Darvish more than ever.
4. I'm excited about Berrios... I wouldn't bet against him blowing the league away and even making the all-star game. It still has nothing to do with signing Darvish. Berrios is Great... Berrios and Darvish is Great plus Darvish.
5. I assume you mean the Buxton core young players here. Building with them doesn't just mean building with youth only... Building means from any avenue that is open for business. Signing a free agent is building.
6. If... I really hope they can and do. But the "If" that starts your sentence is similar to the "If" that goes in front of Darvish. If Gonsalves and Romero put things together this year... They will pitch in the bigs this year because pitchers don't stay healthy for an entire year. Then you are talking Gonsalves, Romero, Berrios plus Darvish and the declining Santana... The hopefully figuring out Gibson and the whatever Mejia becomes. Might be able to move some of that extra to get Archer.
7. I'm a big super bullpen guy and I plan on remaining a super bullpen guy. I'm a believer. But just because the value of the bullpen has increased in my eyes at least... it doesn't mean the importance of Starting Pitchers or Shortstops has decreased.
8. You have to believe in your development. It's the only way to have sustained runs for success as an organization. Signing Darvish does not impede the development of your farm system. It's only money. The trade you want to make for Archer does.(I'd be ok with that trade myself). Trading for Archer would be like a cannonball through the farm system since you would have to provide those developing players to the Rays to acquire Archer.
9. Some of the other teams players are better than our and some of the other teams players are not. We want the ones who are better.
10. It is my money... it is my time investment... every summer it is my hope and dreams. I would absolutely spend it like this. And I'd say... it's about time as it was spent.