So the Nats signed Rafael Soriano today. Wait, what? Why’d they need another closer? That’s right, you’ve blacked out Pete Farking Kozma. That’s why. Sorry to bring that up … but sometimes we need to confront our nightmares.
Think through your head all the downsides to this signing. I’ll wait here while you make a list.
Got it? I bet I know what’s on your list.
Money? Ha. Whatever, dude. Team’s loaded. They’re printing money, even with a $120 million payroll. Besides, you told me a few years ago that $50 million in 2007 was necessary to support bigger payrolls when we were winning. Boom. Your argument is invalid.
What number would make you happy? You’d have been OK with $10 per, I bet. What’s $4 million per? Nothing for this team. They probably made that much in Game 5 alone.
I know what else is on your list: draft picks. Yawn. We’re drafting low anyway. Besides, you keep telling me that Mike Rizzo is this amazing savant when it comes to the draft. If he’s half as good as you think he is, and he’s 1/10th as good as he thinks he is, it just means we draft another great player in the second round.
Besides, here’s the list of players drafted at the Nats’ draft slot who went on to have Hall of Fame careers: [NULL SET]. Boom.
What else are you thinking? Poor Drew! His confidence is shaken! Let me console him on Twitter! Oh, get over it. It’s a business fer crissake. If the bum hadn’t crapped away a game last year, he wouldn’t be looking over his shoulder this year.
But what are the benefits?
The bullpen was loaded with solid arms, but did it strike you as a championship bullpen? I dunno. Maybe if you think that Ryan Mattheus and Tyler “Shredded Elbow” Clippard are the 21st century Stanton/Nelson. (Hint: They’re not). What this does is move everyone down a slot. And when you move everyone down a slot, eventually someone drops out the bottom.
Three words: No more H-Rod. He’s gotta be the one getting bumped.
Would you trade Soriano for H-Rod? Yep. Name your price. I bet it’s like $14 million per year you’re imagining too.
The Nats are in position to win this year. (They were in a position to win last year, too, but their bum closer killed ‘em.) And they made a move that increases their odds of winning this year.
So where’s that downside again?