Thursday, February 12, 2009

Too Many Choices? Really????

That seems to be the majority opinion so far.

Milledge, Dukes, Willingham, Dunn, Kearns, Pena, Bernadina, Maxwell, Davis, (and isn't the least of the Ryans (Langerhans) still kicking about in the lower depths of the system?

Klaw of course derides the signing as "20 million for two wins a year". Perhaps. I note that the main argument he has is with the FO's inability to spin vets for prospect at the deadline.

Will he still think that if Jordan Zimmerman (compensatory pick for Soriano) makes the starting rotation?

Dunn was movable when he made $13m a year. He would be again in '10. Or at least, he's very likely to retain his FA compensation value.

And what's with the Belliard hate? Ronnie's making what $1.9 this year? I am not going to do the math but I would bet that Ronnie's 08 season was worth a lot more than the $1.6 he made.

If memory serves Dukes and Milledge both missed substantial streches last season. Willingham missed time with a balky back and there is no need to go back over Nick Johnson one-man HMO wreaking machine.

Instead of dipping down to overmatched youngsters like Bernadina or use a useful but flawed vet like the worst Ryan, lo and behold, there may be some options available!! And let's not forget, in the National League, its a handy thing to have a PH who can at least threaten a big hit at a critical time.

Of course, this situation gets worse if the organization does not make it very clear to Manny that Milledge and Dukes ARE IN THE LINEUP EVERY DAY! I don't care which of Dunn, Willingham, Kearns, Harris et. al. man the LF/1B slots but the young players have to play. That's not even up for debate.

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