Could any of these disasters have been predicted? As much as we all questioned whether Boni could repeat his one good year and JJ's health, I think what has transpired has truly been an absolutely amazing confluence of ALL the worst possible scenarios. It truly boggles the mind and makes clear, rational analysis of the situation really difficult. One is so tempted to think that next year MUST be better, but I don't really know if that's just wishful thinking.
What makes it even more difficult to take is that the Rays and Red Sox offseason acquisitions have all performed (or overperformed). Why is it that the Rays just continue to find these perfect role-players whereas the Jays are stuck with the Izturises/Kawasakis of the world?
I'm with Magpie on this, there's not a chance that Morrow, Drabek and Janssen compares to Shields and Davis. Not even Dayton Moore would be foolish enough to take the Jays offer over the Rays. Morrow's never hit 200 IP, Drabek's coming off his second TJ (who cares if he's higher ceiling than Davis) and Janssen is a closer so has limited value.
Now Shields would be a guy I'd put at the very top of my offseason wish list if I was AA. Stump up the cash Rogers.
I unbookmarked the site in January for that reason. I still lurk around some, but that's it.
It's still there. Do a Google search for "arencibia beeston" and it's the top result.
Whether it's legit or not is another story, but the story is definitely still there.
There are stats that take the OBP/SLG into account. WRC+ (win runs created) does this, higher is better, and Arencibia is at 79 this year, 85 career. Thole is at 23 this year, 82 career. Basically, a .330/.330 hitter is just as good as a .270/.430 hitter, OPS difference be damned.
HRs are good, and thankfully Arencibia hits them, otherwise he's obviously unplayable. Arguing over who deserves more playing, the bad hitter with bad defense, or the other bad hitter with average defense, only shows how terrible this season is. Next in the series of depressing arguments - Davis vs. Cabrera - which below average RF should the Jays be playing more?
Then it's onto the really depressing argument - who has been the best starting pitcher for the Jays this year? OK, I guess that's Rogers (that's a pretty depressing answer) Second best?