As a fellow Nutting hater I agree, not going to turn me off of baseball and there's no other team I feel like rooting for. As a baseball fan though, been following the league wide free agency drama and couldn't be more tickled at what's going on there. I think ole Scotty Boras finally shot himself in the foot and the changes we'll see in free agency are only going to help small market teams in the next few years. Going to result in labor strife in the short term, but you gotta see it as the first step towards a cap, which any sport interested in parity for the good of their overall product needs to think about long and hard.
The Dickerson trade was significantly redemptive from my view. I still don't think they got the return they should have for Cole, but if you look at the net of those three trades I am not unsatisfied with the return in the aggregate. Our outfield, despite Cutch being a fan favorite, is in all honesty probably better off than before depending how you value defense. I think ridding your clubhouse of Cole as a known toxic personality and feeling like Cutch was in a place where he almost seemed to need a change of scenery as well, I think some of the doom and gloom out of trading those two is unwarranted.
I've kind of fallen off the wagon and not really followed the prospects as closely as I used to. I know Meadows and Keller have some upside but beyond that we are going to need some more help in the lineup and on the mound if we are going to retool and compete instead of gearing for our next playoff run in 2037.
I guess I am cautiously optimistic and predict 85 wins this season. I think our offense is sufficient and there wasn't much pitching help available that many people think would have put us over the hump anyway. Timing can be everything in sports. Unfortunately, as good as Milwaukee and Chicago are and with the Reds quickly on the upswing, the greatest downfall of the Pirates run in the 2010's and their hopes over the next few years, besides the frugal owner maybe, or maybe not blowing a chance to win one, may simply be timing. Bumgarner and Arrieta in their absolute unbeatable primes in back to back wildcards, I mean come on, that's how Caps fans feel, right?
Feels like you can't talk about the upcoming season without mentioning the Yankees. Second only to wanting to see the Pirates win the crown is my desire NOT to see the Yanks ever win one again. But man, Judge and Stanton back to back? That's the kind of stuff I'll be telling my grandkids about in several decades. Very duplicitous feeling because I'll probably tune into the Yanks every time they are on TV this year but hate that there is a system where that kind of talent can be bought (as opposed to won in a loser's lottery a la Sid and Geno, of course).
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