Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The "Good" Is The Enemy Of Excellence
Jon is not one of those (he's tempered his enthusiasm with an understanding that the trade might be too dear in the future), but I wanted to respond to a paragraph in this piece today:
Let me start by saying that I don't really expect Manny Ramirez to end up being a Dodger next season, mainly because I'm not convinced they'll launch their offer into the stratospheric heights and lengths it will probably take to get him.And why would the Dodgers not have that money? The Dodgers are, after all, a major market team. The answers are Jason Schmidt, Andruw Jones, and Juan Pierre. Now, there are legitimate reasons not to extend Manny past three years — the man will be playing out his age 40 season at the end of even a three-year deal — but the Dodgers went all-in on the Manny trade. Boom, a hole at third base in addition to a hole in the outfield. Welcome to the corner the Dodgers backed themselves into.
Ultimately, I think it comes down to me just not loving LaRoche like most of the rest of the DT community, and thinking this is one 'mistake' that is not going to bite the Dodgers in the long run.