TAKE THE “YOU’RE THE GM” CHALLENGE
It’s easy for Marlins fans to be frustrated right now. I get it. The volume of your comments on my Facebook and Twitter is through the roof in the last 9 days, as it was during the team’s struggles in April.
(Oddly, many of you were strangely silent during that 23-9 run in May and the first weekend of June.)
The thing I hear the most is, to paraphrase, “They need to fix this team. Make some moves. Strengthen our weaknesses. Let’s go. Do something. What are they waiting for?”
While I assure you Jeffrey Loria, David Samson, Larry Beinfest, Mike Hill and the entire Baseball Operations Department spend every waking moment searching for ways to improve the club—and not just when things are going poorly, but also when they’re going well—I’m here to tell you it’s one thing to want to do something and a whole nother thing to actually get something done.
Wanting to do something doesn’t mean anything gets done. You’ve got to find a trade partner who matches up and the right package to satisfy both teams (while other clubs, remember, are also wooing that same trade partner).
Anyone can identify a team’s holes. Providing rational and realistic ways to fill them is a completely different story.
What I want you to do in the comment section here is offer thoughtful and reasoned suggestions. What holes does this team have, in your opinion, and tell me SPECIFICALLY how you would REALISTICALLY suggest filling them if you were the GM. I want names. Who do you suggest the Marlins pursue? With whom do you suggest the Marlins part to make that deal. You need to consider financial ramifications, contract status and health concerns. You must also consider both the short-term AND the long-term ramifications of the move you propose.
Don’t waste my time by proposing to send 3 back-ups and a Double-A infielder to the Padres for Carlos Quentin. I’m sure there are a dozen or more teams that would like to add a corner outfield bat like that. Players you have no use for aren’t going to get it done in a seller’s market.
You’ve got to give something up to get something. So what are you willing to give up?
Remember, the Marlins aren’t the only team with holes to fill. Other clubs are competing for the same pieces at the same positions. Someone’s going to overpay. So don’t make unrealistic low-ball suggestions.
Do you trade valuable and desirable pieces off of your current major league roster, filling one hole but potentially creating another?
Do you part with top prospects for a player who you only control contractually for the remainder of this season? (Are you old enough to remember the Red Sox sending a kid named Jeff Bagwell to the Astros because they had to have Larry Andersen? Do you remember the Tigers dealing a kid named John Smoltz to the Braves because they really needed Doyle Alexander?) If you’re going to part with top young talent, you’d better be pretty sure this player puts you over the top.
I’m not sure how many of you will take my challenge here, but I’d love to hear some thoughtful and reasoned suggestions.
I’ll do the best I can to offer my 10-cent critique of as many of the serious ones as I can.
Instead of complaining in generalities, get specific. Make concrete proposals.
You need to fix this team. Make some moves. Strengthen our weaknesses. Let’s go. Do something. What are you waiting for?
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