- Apr 11, 2012
We know Bloom tried to get Eovaldi, Heaney and Eflin last year. That's the type of deal that would have made sense at that point instead of spending a little less for Kluber, but spending Verlander/DeGrom/Rodon or even Bassitt money would have made resetting the tax this year difficult. This winter is the time where it makes sense to look at the true top tier.Because unfortunately the rules state that we’ve had to field an MLB squad the past 4 years, and a frontline starter might have made those teams better?
More seriously, what harm would have occurred? Not spending money on stopgap flyers like Paxton and Kluber? One guy blocking the younger guys from filling the perpetual 3 annual holes in the rotation?
I’m not saying we should have given someone a Boegarts deal. But it sure seems to me that a frontline starter might have landed us in the playoffs this year. Why would that have been a bad thing? Especially when it seems ownership kinda want that, hence the Bloom termination.
Now if it's Chaim's failings as a deal maker to blame for being unsuccessful with those guys, then I'm totally on board with getting someone who is equally good at identifying targets but better at actually acquiring them.