"We didn't come out here to play tiddlywinks, son."
Um, do we really want to commit that money to Polanco? Would he be that much better than whoever else we have filling in (Manzella, Maysonet, etc)? Is he going to make us a playoff team? No.
Absolutely not. Just pointing out that there was rumored interest in a player, and within 48 hours of said interest, he had signed with another team. Heyman is saying that he'll be playing 3B, for the Phillies, however. Would you rather have $6 million/year going to Polanco or Tejada? And "Neither" is an acceptable answer.
I'd probably say neither. We already signed Blum, for better or for worse. At some point, we've got to give Johnson a shot. And from your winter statistics, he seems to be raking. I just don't think Polanco or Tejada over Johnson gets us into the playoffs, and so I don't see the point. Save the money for draft picks/free agents in a couple of years. Hopefully most fans are willing to wait.
I'm on board with all of that.
Hopefully Drayton and Ed are as well. But I doubt it. I'm interested in Garett Atkins if he gets non-tendered (you hear anything about this) but that's about it. And even then I'd still probably rather give Chris Johnson the playing time.
Re: Garrett Atkins. The Rockies' version of Brian McTaggart, Thomas Harding, said on December 1 (http://hotstove.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/12/rox_hope_arbitration_offer_jum.html):"In another development, O'Dowd told MLB.com that there is a crack in the almost-closed door with third baseman Garrett Atkins, who will not be tendered an offer. O'Dowd said the door is open for him to reach an agreement outside of the arbitration process. If the Rockies tender him an offer, they cannot cut his salary by more than 20 percent from the $7.05 million he received in 2009."So it does look like he'll be non-tendered, and could be available for under $7 million/year.
Would you sign him? Unless he'd be willing to go for pennies it doesn't make a ton of sense, though I know the folks at Crawfish Boxes liked the idea.
If the Crawfish Boxes are in favor, who am I to disagree? Ahhh, yet I jest. Signing Atkins is a pretty decent risk. He had a pretty decent four-year run from 2005-2008, hitting .301/.364/.482. But then he bottomed out last year with a .650 OPS (granted, in an injury season). So which Atkins would we be getting? The one who can rake, or the one who would be comparable to Chris Johnson, at the low end of Johnson's projection?Every signing is a risk, but unless Atkins - who will be 30 - signs a 3- or 4-year deal on the cheap, I wouldn't want to give him a ton of money. But I'd take him over Tejada.
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