You realize there are ways to sell hope other than how Ryan attempted to right? Ryan is a smart man and a good GM, he didn't have to be as direct about they would do unless he had every intention of making that happen, regardless of cost. Rather than be direct, for instance, about upgrading the rotation or the bullpen being his second biggest priority - he could have sold us vague nuggets about augmenting the roster in more general terms. But to be that direct about what he'd do and then miserably fail to do so while 20+ million sits unspent from last year? Yeah, that's on him.
His specificity is why he is accountable and people have good reason to be mad. You missed the analogy completely, in fact, you're playing it out yourself. He said something and you are re-interpreting it to soften criticism on Ryan, but most would agree - the marquee is what it is. His words stand for themselves, stretching to "read between the lines" is little more than a disingenuous spin-job.
Yes I do realize that but thanks for taking the time to be a d**k. I was para-phrasing, I think you know that. I'm not talking about the words he used in his interview with John, I'm talking about his most recent words and I'll agree with you that those ones are nothing but a disingenuous spin job. To me, at this point he is spinning what he should of been spinning in November.
At some point he changed track or maybe that was the track all along, I'm not going to sit here and pretend to know why but I'm guessing it did change when Meyer was floated for Span and even further when Worley and May came up for Revere.
Again, I'm not saying you don't have a right to be upset but we all knew it was a tall order to begin with and once he found himself with three pretty decent arms under the age of 26 it was time to look further ahead. Or not, I don't know but I'm ok with giving him another year, maybe then I'll join the parade.