Matthew wrote:That pretty much ticks me off.
@JonHeymanCBS: dodgers at some point had kimbrel talks, but it may have come awhile back. couldnt find a prospect match.
Why? We had no match for the Braves on this deal because we were not going to take on one of the worst contracts in history to crowd an already bad situation in our outfield. The only way this deal worked was for the Padres to take Upton the Elder and his whole salary. Their willingness to have two of the worst contracts in the game in their outfield (they owe Kemp and Upton a combined $120 million over the length of their contracts and even with a decent tv deal, they will be hurting down the road). Plus, Preller has pretty much raped his farm system as he has given up seven of his top eleven prospects and his farm system is now Austin Hedges and little else. Just think if our front office had made a similar deal - it would be us getting Kimbrel (and his contract), Melvin Upton (owed close to $50 million) for our number one prospect, a teenage power bat and two short term contracts in the $7 - $8 million range per year. Just for the exercise, I am thinking we would have to send them Urias, Verdugo, Uribe and Guerrero to make this happen. So, we take on a very bad contract, create a massive hole at third base with Olivera still sunning himself on the beach in the Dominican for the luxury of having two top flight closers making a combined $20 million per year.
Just because we have the money doesn't mean we can spend recklessly. We still have to be fiscally responsible. Sitting a combined $100 million on the bench in two outfielders is not responsible, dropping $8 million plus on a set up man who is arbitration eligible is not responsible and giving up young controllable players while taking on massive money when you don't need to is foolish to say the least. Look, I get the initial reactions. Kimbrel is a nice piece for them but he is still just a closer and his only value is at the end of the game. While having him does shorten the game for the Padres, he still needs a lead to have any value. For all of the wonks who are genuflecting at AJ Preller, keep this in mind, you still have to score runs, catch the ball and get to the ninth with a lead. Like I said last night, the Padres have just addressed a strength and still have the same weaknesses that they had yesterday morning. Let the Giants worry because this hurts them more than us. We win this division going away and the Padres only hope is getting one of the wild card bids, so their real competition is the Giants, Pirates, Brewers, Marlins and maybe even the Cubs (but I do not buy into them being anything more than a 75-78 win team). Let those teams stress over the Padres, they are likely a one year wonder and will be in the same morass they were in prior to this winter, just more expensive.