Whelp, I don’t know about your rooting innerests but the Feesh have got some weird stuff to do this orfseason. They will be replacing an even dozen free agent or retirement holes in the roster, trying to protect their best bambinos from the depredations of the Rule 5 draft, and looking to sign some more overpriced scrapheap relcamations while still trying to appear frugal in the process.
Often being mentioned now as possible acquisitions are Howie Kendricks, Didi Gregorius, Eric Thames and maybe even Sergio Romo (redux).
A more likely acquisition than Kendricks might be Didi Gregorius, but I think he’ll find more enthusiastic “pillow contract” offers from more desirable markets than this one. This is the flip side of tanking, folks – you get a crack at the hot prospects but you continue to stink in the meantime, and guys like Didi – who might be amenable to being overpaid in other circumstances – are reluctant to wear the gauze mask even for the money, including the maybe 4-8% kicker from skipping state income taxes for 81 games. I give Kendricks a no chance, and Gregorius maybe 25%.
Romo? He’s got late and post season creds to strut. I find it hard to believe a more attractive offer won’t arrive on his doorstep than the one from the echo-forming cavern of Macondo Banana Massacre Field could offer.
As far as that 40-man roster issue, the team incredibly seems intent on hanging on to Louis Brinson for another season! Brinson’s slash line isn’t much better than a Z that stands for Zero. To protect him on the 40 man roster and let some other valuable prospect be taken instead doesn’t make sense to me. I once read that Juan Peron, the late unlamented Argentine dictator, had his infamous wife Evita embalmed and while he was in exile in Spain used to bring her pickled cadaver down to dinner with him and seat her at the table when “they” had guests. At this point keeping Brinson on the 40-man roster kinda reminds me of that story somehow.
Meanwhile, it sounds like allasudden the front orifice expects newly acquired former Brooze Rowson to play Annie Sullivan to Brinson’s Helen Keller. I don’t doubt he’s very good at what he does; he’s got the Brooze to prove it. Even so, there are good coaches and great coaches but I can’t think of any miracle workers behind the cage. He’s a coach, not a re-animator. If you’re going to keep Brinson regardless of how badly he’s failed, hell, just go whole hog and hire H. P. Lovecraft to mentor him. The Old Ones created baseball on Earth as a joke anyway.
So, how are your teams approaching the orfseason, folkses?