Throwdeuce wrote:I think a lot of criticism comes from the fact that the Dodgers didn't sign Greinke AND failed to use the money saved by not doing so to sign another big ticket free agent.
Moose wrote:It's pretty amazing that outside of this Forum and TBLA (maybe Dodger Digest as well, but you have to skim through a lot of non sense posted there), the common fans that post are very disgruntled with this Front Office. Again I'm not sure this team is better than last year, but the future is very bright and the best this Franchise has seen since the 70's.
I very much enjoyed reading this Q&A and then I read the comments and I found myself cowering in a corner rocking in a fetal position and humming unintelligible lyrics to a song I never knew I knew.
Gotta be honest, IMO guys like Justin Upton and Cespedes were signed for fairly cheap deals and if the Dodgers could've moved Ethier, signing one of them would have been a good thing to do.
Then again, I think getting Kendrick for 2 yrs and $20 mill was a shrewd move but also made signing Utley for $7 mill look like a bit of a waste.
I think the 40 man roster is deeper with talent, BUT I definitely think there are a lot of questions that need to be answered before I feel like the Dodgers are on their way to another NL West title.
I think Friedman sounded terrible in that Q&A. I'm guessing he's not savvy at dealing with the media (coming from TB), but he has to know that you can't spin your way around every single damn question. It just causes unnecessary worry/criticism. I think he's a good president and like most of what he's done so far, but he doesn't come off all that well in interviews or quotes. Part of that is the Times stoking the general fan outrage and going after the FO, but part of it stems from answers like this.
As to how things have unfolded, I'm totally happy with investing in the farm. I'm only slightly annoyed that Kasten decided to take on so much dead weight salary to spur the fans and land his lucrative TV deal. I totally get it from a financial perspective. But from a payroll/team management perspective, the cost paid for A-Gone was WAY too high and extending Ethier as a boon to the fans was foolish. That's fine if you're going to do that and then eat those mistakes, but, here we are still dealing with the problem. And hasn't it affected us? With the exception of Greinke, my recollection is that we've been somewhat of bargain shoppers on the FA/trade market over the past few years. At least part of that has to be because of the ~$60M tied up in those three players, no? I mean, let's be honest, the better route was the Cub's ... blow things up, get some high DPs, invest internationally and then strike on the trade/FA market once your young core starts succeeding. But the timing for us to have done that was completely off, because of our TV deal. I certainly didn't want to become the Phillies and, I guess we took some decent shots at the playoffs over the last few years, but it does seem that we've had an eye toward the long-term at the cost of the short and this interview mostly confirms that.
The real test for me is this trade deadline ... I mean, if we bomb, we're obviously going to stay quiet or sell. But, if this team is within striking distance and big time arms come available ... are we going to GO for it or stand pat.