Assuming there are no snags with Dickey signing the extension with the Jays, props to Sandy on this deal.
He wanted a "difference maker" for Dickey, and he held out for it, and he got it. Patience is something Sandy has, and it has paid off again.
The #1 ranked best catching prospect in baseball (# 11 Prospect overal ). Travis should be good - I hope..lol
Plus he gets the Jays #3 prospect ( #83 in MBL) flame throwing, Noah Syndergaard. Scouts think he will be a front of rotation pitcher.
Our young rotation by 2014 could very well be excellent..Wheeler/Harvey/Syndergaard/Neise/Mejia ...etc
I've been a Sandy supporter. He has good across the board skill sets for this type of job. But he is by no means perfect, and like any other GM, he does on occasion make the wrong choice.
Let's face it, he walked into a franchise that was a mess, and it has, and will, take time to fix it.
I understand that some fans get frustrated with the losing, and all the Wilpon stuff, but that wasn't really Sandy's fault. I made up my mind from day one to give him time to get this things headed in the right direction.
He had a knee injury no a bumb knee, Buster Posey had a much worse knee injury and won the MVP this year.
Syndergaard was 83 but will be much higher when the new rankings come out, he just turned 20 and is highly ranked, neither Wheeler or Harvey were even in the minors yet when they were his age.
... I'll stop short of calling him names. People have a right to not like the deal if they want to. I completely disagree with him.
I also don't get where the bum knee stuff is coming from. He had an injury to a part of the knee which is said to be one of the easier one's to heal up. The doctors from both sides have no concerns about it at all.
I also don't get how being a Top 100 prospect - which Syndergaard is, somehow he now not being lower level guy. The reports I read say he's got plus major league stuff, and could be a front of rotation pitcher at this level
"If fans don't appreciate it or finally see the plan here then they are lost "
Some are just going to hate him no matter what. Probably lingering anger over picking Collins over Backman.
By their standards, Buster Posey had a bum knee too. All he did this year was win an MVP and lead his team to the World Series.
^^^^^ THIS x10000
>>>"And maybe just maybe our scouts did work and believe that to be the case because their job duties require more than just reading Keith Law's ranking and saying #30 is a better number than #83"<<<
"Doesn't the catching prospect have a bum knee?"
Yeah, from like three years ago. Go look at what he did in AAA this year.
"And the 83rd best PROSPECT?"
He's ranked 83rd because he's still in A ball and only 19 years old. Once he reaches AA/AAA he will be ranked much higher.
"And how do you praise Sandy when you look at our outfield and bullpen?"
And catcher. I guess you were fine with Thole.
Some people can't allow themselves to be happy with anything. Regardless of what Sandy did here, some people were going to complain about it. Had we extended him, I'd bet a lot of people complaining about this trade would be asking what the point of keeping him was.
The other half of it is that some people lack any sort of patience and see moves that aren't designed to make the team better right now as somewhat of a waste of time.
True... What also kills is is how some equate Fred or Sandy's desire to win, with spending. "show the fans you care about the team and raise the payroll to XYZ"... Well, there are more ways to build a team than to continuously throw money at free agents. It doesn't mean you care any more or any less, just because you take the spending road, or the development road.
And as you say... there is a lack of patience among some the wait for whatever fruit might grow. But by being impatient, and wanting to often throw money at problems, we only end up back on the same hamster wheel we've been on for the last 25 years. A slave to free agency, and having to reinvent our roster each year after yet another failure.
There is no assurance this youth and building path will work, but I'd much rather invest in the long term at this point, than getting back into checkbook baseball.