Fire Jim Tracy

Saturday, December 18, 2004

It Starts

Here it is. Just don't forget who told you so...

"It is becoming increasingly clear that the Dodgers were to be used as a stalking horse for the Mariners to bid one dollar more. Why this would be the case might be an issue (since re-signing Jim Tracy didn't seem to solve the problem), but remember when you hear from Boras and Beltre over the next couple of days that the Dodgers might have cost them ten to twenty million dollars more by refusing to be dragged into a prolonged, no-win process. It would be enough to make a guy...pretty bitter."

You can officially stop complaining about DePodesta now.


  • Yeah that's logical. We know the Dodgers are oh so friendly to deal with, considering they haven't re-signed any of the coaching staff, including a pitching coach who scouted Ichiro, and speaks Japanese and Spanish, Tim Wallach, the lowest paid hitting coach in the league, who may have helped this team hit, and though you like this one, made it difficult for Tracy to re-sign. They also dropped Ross Porter, and offered Karros 500 bucks a game to broadcast. This is a team that does things their way, and pays high when they want to, like Jeff Kent. The villian here is clearly the Dodgers. And pissing off Boras is oh so smart, the next time he has all the superstars we want, we're sure to get a great rate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/19/2004 11:17:00 AM  

  • If you believe that Beltre was worth a 6 year contract at $80 million total, then you believe that the Dodgers were the "villains" in this deal, and I can not argue with you. There was certainly a price at which Beltre would have signed with the Dodgers, but my point is that it is naive to believe that price was 64.5 million. It was not. I believe that Beltre might be worth $17 million next year, and possibly $13 million in 2005. Past that, I believe Seattle is running a very large risk with a lot of money.

    I have very little working knowledge of Colborn or Wallach's influence as pitching or hitting coach, although I do know that if it was Colborn's idea to keep pitching Nomo, then he should be run out on a rail with Tracy. So I have no opinion on whether either of them deserve what they're asking for, or whether there are suitable replacements for them. But they are subject to the same limitations as everyone else -- just because they ask for something doesn't mean they are going to get.

    And how did the Dodgers make Tracy's re-signing difficult? There wasn't anything hard about it. Here's our offer, sign it. Tracy was a free agent -- since I care nothing about loyalty toward players (and vice versa, of course), I don't have to hesitate to say that he was also free to find a better deal elsewhere. And either wouldn't...or couldn't. So sign on the bottom line and welcome to the world of You Can't Always Get What You Want with the rest of us.

    By Blogger Steve, at 12/19/2004 10:54:00 PM  

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