Re: Bryce Brentz triples in AFL opener
posted at 10/11/2012 2:53 AM EDT
In response to aussiewill2's comment:
The biggest disappointed for me was that, when they were going bad in September, and after the trade, why didn't Cherry bring up some of these prospects, who showed they can hit? Like Brentz, bogarts, bradley. Great opportunity missed IMHO. You look at all the rookies that helped Oakland get into the play offs. Who do we get Podsednik , an passed by use date 37 yo. Yes I know Iggy was there, good idea, but it's pretty clear he will make it on his defense. He however needs to be in a lineup with hitters.
Once Middlebrooks and Ortiz went down, the party, if there ever was one was over. They should have used the opportunity to give these future players a cup of coffee. IMO not only was the season abbysmal , but the poor roster managemnet when all was lost , bodes very ominous for the future. BC is clearly out of his depth, he waited to long to sign a manager last year, I hope he signs a new manager before Christmas.
Unloading Gonzo, Crawford, and Beckett, was a brilliant move, that deal alone gave BC another year as GM. But if they don't contend next year , or at least develope a young star, on the Big League roster, he's gone. They should have backed the Brinks truck up years ago to sign Billy Beane. Yera after year the A's come up with new exciting pitchers. The demise of Lester and Buchholtz , keeping head cases like Aceves, Bard . The future looks questionable at best.
Hope they come up with some bats, and get a young starter who throws 95 plus. That would be a start, back to respectability.
They werent on the 40 man roster. The only ones that were, because they were being protected from the rule 5 draft, were Drake Britton and Stolmy Pimentel. Im sure there will certainly be some new names on the 40-man for next season.
I agree that they couldve put WMB and papi on the 60-day DL to make to new spots, but Im sure they had their reasons why they didnt.
From what I understand they offered Beane a very lucrative contract that he turned down, which is when LL mentioned Theo who like Beane, is a sabermetrics guy...
Rubby DeLaRosa could be that guy you describe who throws 95 plus. Hes got a devastating change-up and 2 other plus pitches. Hes had some control issues and only 13 months off TJS so he'll start the year in AAA. Barnes is another guy who can dial it up over 95mph and is looking very good.