wichmae wrote:Tommy Milone, Rob Scahill, Kirk, Suter, Reed, Jungmann, even Hughes all shouldnt have been on the 40 over protecting Diaz. Even if he does end up a BP arm its still a plus FB, plus slider arm on a 22 year old prospect. This and the Davis trade are the two biggest blunders he's made. There was no excuse to not protect Diaz.
In 3 years we can just pay $3 million for a flamethrower that had a down year. The more we squeeze the roster, the more options you have to burn on guys on your 40 and the more you may have to call somebody up when he's not ready or start burning their service clock.
I'm kinda lukewarm on this all since I generally want to protect the young prospects, but the Padres are hoarding 5 Rule 5 guys on their roster right now and currently all of them suck. For all of their troubles they may get 3-4 years of control (during the window when they hope to compete) of a decent #3 starter, a flamethrowing reliever with command issues, and a RH 4th OF that could hit 25 HRs but also will probably strike out 200 times, an OK SS, and a backup catcher...AND they get to pay arbitration prices for those guys right when they enter a competitive window.
In the above list I just mentioned, I'm sure 1 of those guys will turn into a good player. Was it worth holding 5 roster spots for 3 years for guys that weren't ready and inflating the prices of these guys? The Rule 5 draft master Padres are also rostering Jared Weaver and Erick Aybar. Clayton Richard and Cahill are performing well, but the Padres are also rostering those guys.
I'm all for tanking, but I'm just not sure it'll be worth the trouble in the end. The Padres will probably be at least somewhat competitive in 2-3 years because they're getting talent in their rebuild, but will all of these roster holdings be worth it for these guys? I'm not so sure.