The Ultimate Contrarian
I want to trade for Donaldson and Buxton just for the reax
just because these players are expensive for the A's doesn't mean other teams won't give up top prospects for ALL-STAR players. Chapman is probably a top what? 5 3B in the MLB.the thing about Chapman is that he's going to get a significant raise in arbitration...he'll likely get more than what Diaz is gonna get and then if we trade them another player that can replace Chapman after this season, they're getting to save money...they can also use Diaz as a trade piece at the trading deadline if they fall out of contention
and with Ramon Laureano, who knows the A's stance after the PED suspension
but like I mentioned, it's my ideal scenario that's somewhat feasible....pie in the sky scenario is adding Mike Trout
Chapman is a top tier defender but they can improve on his bat...he was pretty awful with the bat this yearjust because these players are expensive for the A's doesn't mean other teams won't give up top prospects for ALL-STAR players. Chapman is probably a top what? 5 3B in the MLB.
we can't just be like ... hey you don't want to pay chapman.. so pay a closer 10 mil and we'll give you some other shit. oh and throw in your all-star CF
100 OPS+ at 3B is OK and is a valuable player if they can field. Much like Lindor had offensive value with his 101 OPS+ because he plays SS. It's also why McNeil was on pace to still have a 2 WAR season over 162 games, because he plays 2B.100 OPS+ is not good...that's average...he hit a bunch of HRs though
This is just how it is when you root for a perennially bad team. Have you read Knicks and Jets threads?Anyone even consider that McNeil was hurt most of the year? Or that Dom may be another Hojo type? Most of you would have bailed on Johnson after his '90 season. He went from a .928 OPS and 169 OPS+ in 89 to a .753 OPS and a 106 OPS+ in 1990. Those of us old enough to remember him know he was inexplicably good one year and average the next. Not saying give Dom a starting job but to cut ties with a guy under team control after a down year is just terrible asset management.
Oh, I get it. This year was extremely frustrating. If it weren't for a terrible division we would have been buried by June. But any year that you use 19 starting pitchers can't be one to blame on poor performance alone. The offense shit the bed this year. Can't just jettison everyone because then you lose the one valuable thing about some of them, their cost and control.This is just how it is when you root for a perennially bad team. Have you read Knicks and Jets threads?