I still like the idea of signing quality players and using them to build a sucsesful minor leaque system and mlb team.
Free agency is not the only way to do this , but is 1 of 4 ways to accomplish it
There are F.A. , draftspicks, DFAs, and rule 5s,but if you ignore 2 of these avenues you are missing out on many oppertunitys
If you look back at last years draft(which many claim was a total sucsess) you see we chose 1 starting pitcher in the first 10 rounds,and he is an 18 year old who if ever, makes the show will be at least 5 years from now.
In the free agent market Terry managed to sign not 1 quality player. Zero...zilch...nada. He did manage to waste 15 million dollars on 3 non factor pitchers, in Correia he signed an untradible pitcher for 2 years and in harden and pelfrey he sign 2 rebound players who once they prove they can still pitch will sign else where , and we will have nothing to show for that money or time spent.If we had signed 1 or 2 quality pitchers , we then could have used them as trade pieces to fill holes in our minor leaque system or kept them to improve our team.
In the rule 5 draft Mr. Ryan chose Pressly (1 of 4 players i had an eye on)and while i liked this pick, I disagree with Terry on passing on a 2nd pick.Lara a left handed starter who is being used in the winter leaque with sucsess as a reliver can bring it up to the plate at 98mph ,and would have been a very cheap compitition to Robertson in spring training
Now we turn to DFA players , with the twins finishing last we had the right to claim players before any other teams,but Terry only claimed outfielders...OUTFIELDERS, not middle infielders, not 3b, not catchers, not relievers , not starters, but outfielders, you know the strength of our farm system...
If you look at his much heralded trades a little closer you will see once again Ryan ended up holding the short end of the stick.First he traded a quality leadoff stellar defensive centerfielder for 1 single A player...should have been another player in the deal, next he traded lil Ben for 2 players while this looks to be a very good trade at first glance ,if you look deeper you see we recieved a 2nd year starter who ended up on the D.L. twice in his 1st full season and ended up needing surgery, and in Mays case , many are already projecting him to be in the bull pen .
How so many people can continue to defend or carry praise for Terry Ryan bewilders me, he has failed to safe guard our assets or to improve the team, the only thing he has managed to do is eliminate payroll .
Edited by johnnydakota, 08 January 2013 - 11:34 AM.