I'm surprised at all the scorn around the potential of an RA Dickey acquisition. This is a sure sign that AA sees 2013 as a year the Blue Jays can not just leapfrog a few teams, or grab a wild card, but actually win it all. Some teams stock their farm system to slowly develop a core, others use it as an asset, and while the idea of a home grown team working their way to the top has a certain feel-good appeal, it's not the road to the top in baseball, especially in the AL East. Looking back, you see that basically all the World Series champions of this era have been willing to spend significant money on free agents and sacrifice young talent to acquire veterans along the way. Even among the losers, the 2006 Tigers, 2007 Rockies and 2008 Rays stand out as a short streak of homegrown teams that made it to the Series sandwiched between years of big spenders. AA is basically sending a message to the Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles and the rest of baseball that they should be afraid, very afraid. I think the perfect example of the fate of the homegrown team was the Brewers of a couple of years ago: they'd finally matured their team together, Fielder and Braun were hitting their primes, they had the complimentary pieces in place, and they couldn't pass muster. Fielder left, and they're middling again and needing another rebuild. The Jays obviously don't want to enter that pattern and feel they have the money to rise above it.
Also, as I have posted before in this thread, there's a trend to fetishize prospects these days. Yes, D'Arnaud looks like the real deal, but he's also still in the minors, so he's obviously not the next Harper or Trout or whoever either. Until players actually show they can hit major league pitching, and can handle the rigors of the game at its highest level, for the most part they are question marks. The difference between AAA and the majors is really the largest of all jumps. Let's also not forget that D'Arnaud's biggest offensive numbers have been in the PCL, which is known to be an extremely hitter friendly league. If anything, his numbers in New Hampshire the year before might be more impressive, because the Eastern League is much harder on hitters, but that's AA pitching we're talking about, not the high 90's heat and ungodly junk that major leaguers can throw.
Edited by Gretzky's Mullet, 16 December 2012 - 10:03 AM.