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What is the difference between winning 78 games and winning 60 games? In both cases our teams are out of the playoff race by August; the 100-loss team is probably more entertaining.
I could be wrong, but this kind of sounds like a fan of a team that hasn't lost 100 games in 30+ years. Making the playoffs is the goal, but not every non-playoff year is made equal. Every season I watch the majority of Jays games and irrespective of the standings I like watching the Jays win individual ball games. I had more fun watching the Cito Gaston 2.0 Jays, or the 2006-2008 JP Ricciardi spending push Jays than I did watching the team do poorly last year.
As an additional point, I don't really have any evidence to back this up, but I think sometimes we underestimate the damage truly terrible (rather than mediocre) seasons do to the fanbase.
Although I'd say that the last couple of years were terrible in ways that weren't captured by the won-lost record. Every time you looked up, some new weird thing was going wrong. I've seen Jays teams with comparable won-lost records that didn't inspire anything like the same reaction in me.
Every time I went to a "meaningless" Pirates game in the mid '00s, it still made me happy to see them win and sad to see them lose.
Using the CW of the day: the EV of that pick is a bit over four WAR and, in monetary and simplistic terms, that's roughly 6M per win. So, we're forfeiting an asset with an estimated value of, eh, 22M? (once you net out the signing bonus). To be clear, under the current system, you can't just instead spend that money on other players - it is now a lost option for talent acquisition and development.
Also, even if you're optimistic about the '14 Jays, you have to admit that this team is going to need a major overhaul soon. Lots of guys getting older, lots of key players hitting free agency... If Anthopoulos has lost the ability or the will to address problems, what's the team going to look like in '16?
- isn't Bautista a free agent after next year? And even if he's not, how long is he going to be productive?
Then again, two teams have traded for Vernon Wells; we shouldn't assume that Buehrle and Reyes are immovable.
They haven't, and have also come across to the fanbase and players as inept and cheap.
I think Stroman's more than a longshot. I think he's up as soon as he's ready; there ought to be a couple of guys he could easily replace in the rotation, whenever that is. Oh: you forgot McGowan, speaking of longshots.
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