Rebuilding means that they are trying to build a core of players through the young guys they have via draft and trades. By not rebuilding, you have the Bavasi like situations where you are giving playing time to whatever veterans you convinced to sign with you and usually that doesn't solve anything.
The players fully understand how this works.
Putting in League to pitch and blowing a game? Wedge brings in League when it's the 9th inning and the team has a lead. League is the best bullpen arm and is the closer. Who did you want him to bring in in the ONE game in which League failed? It's not like he magically knew he was going to fail there. He hadn't failed prior to that and hasn't failed since.
Not sure what you want here. If it's "Spend a bunch of money and sign a bunch of good players." that isn't realistic right now.
Yes, the players might understand how this works but to us fans we are tired of hearing about rebuilding and want to see the results of years of rebuilding. And I have seen many guys in spring training working their toshes off only to give it to the guys with the contracts.
And League may have saved seven games and blown two but every game he has pitched it is never easy. Even today's game could of gone bad. Wedge can pull the guy after he starts walking hitters or allowing guys on. When the set-up guys are hot why pull them just for League. (please don't lecture me on pitch counts)
I just want to hear Managment say "hey we have the best guys out there and we are going to expect results" and stick by it. By that I mean bench the nonproducers and let the young ones show what they got.
Fans can be as tired as they want to hear about the rebuilding... there is no guarantee the team will be competitive at any point in time. After going through the Bavasi years of poor free agent signings, poor drafts and awful trades devastating the franchise, Jack is going about it the right way, but it's going to take quite a few years. We are just now starting to benefit from some of the 2009 draftees, Jack's first year on the job. We're still a year or two away from having some sort of core in place and ready to contribute.
It's tiring, but it is what it is. All they can do is try to acquire as much talent as they can and go from there. They can't hold a gun to any free agent's head and force them to sign here and they can't just massively up the payroll when attendance is drastically down. It has to be a slow climb up the hill with as few decision based punts as possible.
League has given up a total of 2 earned runs on the year. The 2 he gave up against Cleveland when he blew the game. He's gotten the job done every single other time. That is really good pitching.
Pulling your best bullpen arm because he gave up a hit or a walk is asinine. You then have to go to a worse bullpen arm and it sends a message to the relievers that they have to have perfect innings or they'll try someone else, which doesn't exactly bode well on anyone's confidence.
Whether you like it or not, they aren't going to have most relievers work more than one inning at a time unless they have to because they might need to be called on 4-5 more times that week. If the game gets blown, the game gets blown and in that case you just tip your cap because you put in your best arm and did what you had to do.
Non producers will get benched for the most part but you also have to let them get to a certain level of at bats before you can decide that they aren't going to start producing.
Albert Pujols is batting something like .220 with 0 home runs and an OPS under .600. Do you really think the Angels are going to start benching him even though his numbers look a lot like Olivo and Figgins numbers? No. No they are not.
"Like putting in League to pitch and blowing a game."
Figgens is far from a Pujois.
"Albert Pujols is batting something like .220 with 0 home runs and an OPS under .600. Do you really think the Angels are going to start benching him even though his numbers look a lot like Olivo and Figgins numbers? No. No they are not."
The Angels owe Pujols $240M, all of it guaranteed. We owe Olivo and Figgins a combined $20.5M guaranteed. That's 8.5% of what they owe Pujols.
Even if Pujols were making the league minimum, he wouldn't be being benched right now because he has a long history of excellence. My point is that it's too early to just start replacing everyone that isn't producing at their career norms. Plenty of all stars barely hitting their weight and big time power hitters with as many or less home runs than Chone Figgins currently.
This is more of a general statement. I wouldn't shed a tear if Figgins and Olivo were kicked to the curb, but that has more to do with the fact that they were both awful last year and Figgins for 2 straight years and this year makes it look like more of the same.
"Figgens is far from a Pujois."
Yeah, one of them has hit a home run this year.
I'm not comparing them.
I'm arguing against knee jerk reactions to playing positional musical chairs because someone (NOT JUST FIGGINS OR OLIVO OR ANYONE IN PARTICULAR) is struggling after two weeks. It's pertaining to Smoak. To Saunders. To the thought of giving Liddi a ton of playing time. Whatever the case. Whomever the example.
Stop getting hung up on my Pujols example. He wasn't being directly compared to anybody. I'm merely stating that you remove players once they are actually deemed bad players and not because they've had a bad April so far.
Again, yes I get it. Figgins and Olivo are deemed pretty bad over a full year plus of futility. I'm NOT defending them.
We do have Nick Franklin at short on the farm, but I don't know how far away he is from being ready. Triunfel seems to be struggling at the plate in Tacoma. Peguero, who had ridiculous numbers (2.350 OPS) in three games with the Rainiers, is on the DL - I don't know why. If he could get healthy and hit for average, I'd gladly endure his defense, which is probably no worse than Carp's.
I'm starting to share your pessimism about Smoak; he's looking like our next Figgins in the lineup, a guy who we thought would hit but isn't. Who knows how long it will take Zduriencik to admit another mistake, if it comes to that?
I think a big problem with the team right now is that Wedge is probably being forced to juggle his lineup with players he'd rather not play, but whom Z is forcing him to play. That keeps the entire roster, except for a few constant starters like Ackley, Ichiro, and Smoak, off-balance and out of rhythm, which is exactly the last thing you want when you're trying to play baseball at the speed of this game at the major-league level.
The more I look at what goes on with this team, the more I suspect that the problem centers around one man: Jack Zduriencik. If Wedge is serious with all his verbiage about accountability and playing to win, he's either an incompetent manager or he's being forced to play guys he'd rather not.