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This is why I love baseball.
There were no trades to be made that did not inviolve Bundy, Tillman, or Machado, or a combination of two of them. Matusz, Arrieta, and Britton had little to no interest.
You know, you guys are right about the LaRoche argument. I just didn't realize there was a change to the rule book that allows Davis to play 1B and DH at the same time. Do you know how it works though? If he gets on base the first time and then it becomes his turn to bat, do we get a ghost runner or do we have to use a pinch runner from off our bench? It's very confusing.
And the hits just keep on coming from that 2009 class don't they? If Givens could have stayed healthy he had a chance. Aftet getting the contract he did they are going to try him everywhere before giving up on him. This was pretty much announced last August but it does seem like a long shot since the reasn his season ended last year was an elbow problem.
I understand you're comparing Davis to LaRoche. The problem is that we need a DH also. Presumably, one of Davis and LaRoche could have been at DH and would be an upgrade over Betemit. The reason why Davis has been given the 1B role is because we got no one better in the offseason.
Kelly Johnson had excellent numbers and a career year in 2010. He was decent in 2011. The question is whether he can bounce back from a bad 2012 and it's very plausible that he might. He's 30 and signed a one year deal at 2.5 million. Slightly more than Casilla but not by much. There's a reason Flaherty isn't going to make the team but Casilla will.
You did say you wanted Carter and Swisher. Sess disagreed.
I understand Young's skills are eroding. I undertand the Os wanted guys who could help the team for multiple years. But clearly we couldn't afford to get a guy like that. If you have to trade a few B-/C+ guys who probably won't amount to very much in order to strengthen your team for a year then if you think you can make it to the playoffs you do it.
Shame about Givens.