#373, Steve, I absolutely think it does. How can it not?
Chipper had a quote the other day about if they continue to pitch (the Braves) they will keep winning. Well, Chip, it would be real super if we could help our pitchers out every once in a while. Isn’t that part of the team concept? Helping each other out and not relying on one part to carry the load. Right now we’re just supporting what I’m sure Boras is already telling JJ and Tommy, “you will never win 20 games in ATL, and good luck being making the All-Star team every year with that offense.” A lot of contracts are incentive driven, and those bonuses definitely matter to the players.
So the Giants get Beltran, Phillies get Pence, and Braves get Buster Olney saying they are not as close on Pence b/c “they don’t value OBP very much.” Sure, why would you value the ability to not make outs? So do I need to put away my Braves Michael Bourn jersey? Should I cancel the Upton jersey order? Or I will just put my head in a waffle iron – Phillies strike again.
Not to not hate that the Phils got Pence, but their infield is 800 years old and they just traded away their 1st baseman of the future. They have the money, but they are going to have to spend a lot of it on replacing that entire group. Add to that, they have traded away their top 3 pitching prospects the last 2 years to the Astros and Blue Jays and their rotation is aging quickly. I concede nothing to those guys. Even with Pence. We have so much more young talent.