Thanks! That bio says he is known as a tough negotiator. It is always interesting to see how these shake out. You have to believe Lawlar has a bottom line number in mind. He is generally seen as a top 5 pick, but the number 1-2 talent. I tend to doubt that Elias will pay him slot, but if he falls to #5, he should.
Several times you said that I or others don't care about defense as long as the C hits above average. That is not what I said and I think everyone here would agree defense matters. The question is how much and whether Pedro hits enough to be worth it.
Oh don’t misunderstand me, I’m not anti-Sulser, and I’m happy we got him from the Rays. I just doubt that he has much trade value. Some team will give us something for him but it won’t be anything meaningful.
Regarding Hyde, he’s very careful about what he says, but I put no stock in anything he says. I pay more attention to what he does, But I understand that he is not necessarily in control over who plays or doesn’t or who is on the team or isn’t.
With that in mind, whether a player is good or bad is pretty obvious just by watching him play over time. And then the question becomes why does he continue to play?
My feeling about Harvey is that Hyde is stuck with him, and is trying to put some positive spin on his performance.
I also think Hyde is stuck with Stewart, Franco, Valaika, and Severino at least, and with the possible exception of Stewart, those are all head scratchers.