The Dodgers are going to be selling their TV rights, and it's probably going to bring back the richest contract we've ever seen for baseball.
They'll have money to spend just on speculation of that alone, and bringing in A list talent is also what helps position a team to cash in on these deals.
If anything loading on up talent for 2013 makes too much sense for them not to do, boost the numbers, and go into the 2013 off season positioned for a mega TV contract.
It doesn't necessarily count the Jays out, they could structure it a tad different.
Maybe give him a player option after 3 years, then possibly add team options in the 6th and 7th years and front load the contract...might be enticing enough to say yes to and another way so the Jays aren't married to a contract longer than 5 years.
ANY team would benefit from Cole Hamels.
Doesn't mean he'll be worth the money he's gonna get paid though.
Of course you are right, I should have worded it differently.
Is SP the best place to spend our resources, given that we have a lot of talent there, but a couple of open holes in the lineup.
"Is SP the best place to spend our resources, given that we have a lot of talent there, but a couple of open holes in the lineup."
Nope. Not looking at it long term and who we have under contract past 2013.
If Hamels came with a reasonable contract extension, I wouldn't mind giving up a fair bit of talent for him. But that's the thing, he won't come with a reasonable extension lol.
Pay for Hamels and if this up and coming young pitching talent you speak of is really worth the hype (talent that won't be here for another couple of seasons BTW and probably won't be established for another 4), we'll have a great problem on our hands won't we?
We need a bat and an arm. Why not go get both?
Offer him 7/155ish, if he takes it, he takes it, if somebody is really going to blow you out of the water, so be it.
Guy is a proven performer, including in the playoffs and should have a good 5-6 really good to outstanding years in him. You aren't going to get value in free agency, some guys you just bite the bullet for.
"We need a bat and an arm. Why not go get both?"
I think we need more than just 1 new bat in this lineup.
"At most, he's a David Wells."
That's high praise if you ask me.