The Dickey trade was a great move so that deserves an A. However, we have pretty much done NOTHING after that....at least until we just signed Marcum, which was a GREAT move. We failed to sign a decent OFer who was CHEAP (Young) and now our "backup plan" in Hairston is gone. If we were to be done making moves, I'd rate this off season as a "C-/C". There IS one move IMO that could turn that grade into an A.....
TRADE FOR STANTON!!!!!
That would make things very interesting.....
Realistic? Probably not...but that would certainly make me feel a lot better about the OS lol...
"TRADE FOR STANTON!!!!!"
Well, if they did trade for him, I'd be extremely nervous about finding out what they had to give up for him.
If not Niese, Harvey, and Wheeler, then the trade would be graded far better than if they had to give up one (or more - ouch) of those three.
"The Dickey trade was a great move so that deserves an A. However, we have pretty much done NOTHING after that....at least until we just signed Marcum, which was a GREAT move."
They did sign Wright to a long term deal too, which a lot of people did not think would happen.
Idk....sure they would ASK for Wheeler/Harvey/Niese...but if I offered:
Flores+Familia+Mejia+Syndergaard/Fulmer+DD/Kirk+Tapia/lower lvl prospect
They would certainly listen. That is a lot of talent...a lot for us to give up.
"Well, resigning Wright was pretty much "staying the course" and I'm talking about actual ADDITIONS."
But if we didn't it would be a huge negative, so you can't just act like it was no big deal.
I'll give it a solid "B" so far. Trade Flores for his equivalent in the outfield, and I'll call it an "A."
Trading Wright would have been the power move, but I completely understand the desire to keep him here.
"well...a trade assuming we didn't get cleaned out of course... "
Exactly. I like Stanton, but not at the expense of the farm.
" d'arnoud has NOT played more then 75 games in the last couple seasons."
d'Arnaud played 126 and 114 in 2 out of the last 4 years.
"Idk....sure they would ASK for Wheeler/Harvey/Niese...but if I offered:
They would certainly listen. That is a lot of talent...a lot for us to give up."
Dude come on, they would not listen to that. Do you know how many teams would offer up packages centered around ELITE prospects? I'd be praising Sandy if he was able to get it done while giving up only 1 of Harvey or Wheeler.
Stanton isn't any kind of salary dump, the guy is under control for a few years still and has put up incredible numbers for his age and is as big a lock as there is in the game to be an elite cleanup hitter for the next 10+ years. You're not getting him for a package of 2nd and 3rd tier prospects, which all of those guys that you mentioned are at this point.
I think it might be easier to sign a solid reliever (or two) than another starting pitcher. Matt Capps and/or K-Rod on a one-year contract would fit the bill very nicely. This would also let you use Mejia as starting rotation depth (where he's had more success), instead of in the bullpen.
If they can sign Bourn to a reasonable, short-term deal without surrendering a first-round draft pick, then Sandy is truly a magician. I still think a more likely (and ultimately better) scenario is to trade Flores for a AA/AAA outfield prospect with similar potential.
If Sandy can do ALL of these, then I'll upgrade him to wizard.