m0ng0 wrote:they can't sign top tier talent without massively overpaying, they can possibly get guys like Jacoby Ellsbury or Tim Lincecum because they have ties to the area but even that is a stretch. Do we outbid the yankees for maybe 330 mill for Robinson Cano? Do we overpay to keep Kendry Morales? What do we do with Montero?
Spending money just because we can is not always the best idea. Look at Texas, Angels, Blue Jays, Phillies and Yankees they threw lots of money at players and they are all sitting at home now also.
This point is lost on most Mariners fans because they have been let down so many times in the past..
"IF we just pulled the trick on this one player..."
Last year it was Josh Hamilton at 18million.... which would have hamstrung this organization even moreso than its apathetic ownership already do. But to many fans they just want to see SOMETHING that signals intent.
Thats the issue... its the lack of trust. We can look at sound financial decisions (although we were ready to dump a ton on Hamilton) play out and relate that Morse and 8 was no different than Hamilton at 18...(outside the injury, they were close in terms of numbers) the issue though is that the two closet onwers running the organization are seen as not pulling the strings instead of deftly playing the market.
Thus it is to be a Mariners fan... you obviously have a handful that are screaming "spend" just to show belief, to take a chance, etc... (to the point where someone on this board accused anyone defending not spending big on players as being the lead members of the Armstrong/Lincoln fan club)
But that only works for a handful of teams in the current MLB environment. I'd rather try and be the Pirates and A's and Rays than the Angels, Rangers and Red Sox.
The pitching staff on this club is a very, very good one... much like the A's and Pirates and Rays. the young players have not all worked out (Smoak did finish with 20 HRs and a respectable .250 batting average).
So now the management has a true conundrum (or a chance to show it truly cares about this club and its fanbase)... make the right moves in the Winter and this team instantly becomes a very good team just based on its rotation and bullpen.
Will they do it? and what are those moves? its an interesting winter, and as Mongo pointed out the free agent class isnt exactly brimming with top end talent.