Lateral Quicks wrote:
This management team appears to be a fan of AAAA depth. If I hear one Atkins talk one more time about how important it is to have minor league depth (i.e. crappy AAAA talent), well... yeah...
The selling point of a lot of guys they've acquired is that they do something better than their numbers suggest; you have late bloomers like Thornton, guys like Teoscar with power that hadn't quite exploded, and a panoply of pitching prospects that have a solid chance to be #4 or #5 starters. And those are certainly useful, and sometimes they become much more than anticipated, as evidenced by this Cleveland team built out of dudes that were considered fringy when acquired.
It's definitely time to start pivoting to younger prospects, however. We're awash with depth, and it should be clear now that we're going to have to settle in to a multi-year rebuild; given a choice between guys who are 'major league ready' but probably unlikely to be much more than average, or high-variance sorts, we need to be comfortable with variance.
**** your asterisk.