Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
And if that $13 million could've been spread over 4 years to give the Royals the boost they need to get Anibal Sanchez? Hell, with time value you're really talking about $16 million. That's another $4 million/season they could've stuck onto an offer for Sanchez, who could be a true #2 starter for the Royals and for a fair period of time.
Look, this is the classic argument for why DM is dumb as ****. He makes a ton of smaller moves, all misguided, that in their totality are a real drain on the organization.
Regarding Santana, he's low-risk/high-reward. Is it perhaps unlikely that he lives up to his cost? Yes, but that's the nature of any FA acquisition, too. What's equally true, though, is that $13M for Santana should NOT prevent any other move that this team could make.
Yeah, we might hear bullshit excuses to the contrary: "Small market!"; "No money!" "Small peniseses!" But that's simply the Walmart way.