Rowland’s wisest lackeys

We were mostly non-committal on the B.J. signing, though we noted his rapidly declining OBP and the most ominous omen of them all: Former Reds and Nats GM Jim Bowden liked the move. And after learning Frank Wren outbid the Phils by $20 million for his services, we called it a “major blunder.”

Others were more direct:

This will be Dan Uggla again. I don’t like it.

Good defender, good basestealer, has some pop in his bat. Other than that, you’ve got a lot of negatives. He’s very streaky, hasn’t hit above .250 in four years, doesn’t draw a lot of walks, and is guaranteed to have over 150 Ks. I suppose Wren wanted a RHB to be able to break up the lefthandedness in the middle of the order. But I don’t see Upton as a good middle of the order batter. I hope I’m wrong.

This is a hell of a lot of money to spend on such a flawed player.

 Viva Rufino Linares! // November 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm // Edit

I get the feeling FW rushed to sign Upton. I find it hard to believe he couldn’t put together a better package for Span than the Nats.








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