While it may seem that a team that could lose 100 games this year couldn't possibly be a contender…
Mad Friars Rant from a Displaced Padre Fan
So, yes, I'm a bit displaced but it gives me a perspective that you can only get if you aren't reading the local papers, hearing the same old news everyday, etc. On to my Rant and Rave for the week:
What's up with the Rondell White deal?
Yes, we know the Pad's said they'd be competitive when they moved into the new stadium and Brian Giles and Jason Kendall would be great/good additions but Rondell has been doing a splendid job. He wants to stay in SD too.
What do you do?
Do you give up Nady and some pitchers? The Pad's need pitchers. The Pad's need bats – thankfully Nevin's back and Hoffman may be soon, but can the Pad's afford to take Giles and Kendall's contracts?
I don't think so unless they've been banking the extra dollars in a 2% money market account for a few years.
Ok, here's what I think.
Renegotiate Rondell's contract. He wants to stay and he'll take the SD discount. Take Giles and maybe Kendall too if we can do it, but it breaks my heart to loose Nady though.
If you try to wait it out you may loose out on some opportunistic players and Pads need to get some momentum going this season. Klesko isn't too happy about being in the basement all the time and upgrading will help keep him happy. Will the Pad's really spend the Dollars this time? I hope so but I'm not overly optimistic. Will the Pad's loose more than a 100 games? I think it depends on the trades over the next week or so.
Kevin McIntyre can be reached at email@example.com
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