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Is the front office doing enough to close the gap on NY and Boston?


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Are we getting closer in the standings to NY and Boston.  

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  1. 1. Are we getting closer in the standings to NY and Boston.

    • Yes we are closing the gap with NY and Boston
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Yes. We have 3 pitching prospects in the BBA top 25. We had last year's top C prospect getting acclimated to the big leagues. We have one of the best OF in baseball...and they are all < 25. The talent in this organization is DRAMATICALLY improved from years' past, and the young'uns are working their way up. The gap be closin'...

[Hmmm...I wonder who voted 'No'....:) )

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We are closing the gap slowly, but Boston and NYY keep pulling ahead. If we don't move faster it's going to be that much harder to close the gap.

I could see us overtake the Yankees, unless they start to be more like Boston and then we'll have no shot as they have the most financial resources in baseball. It would be downright scary if they focused on building up their farm system.

On the path we are on now, and the way that we are refusing to spend all around, we'll never acquire enough talent to beat Boston and win the AL East under MacPhail IMO.

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I was reading about what you and others were saying in the Chris's thread.

I think we are closing the gap, but that gap is still very wide. I think we have the pitching prospects, but I agree that we still need to add 2 or 3 very good offensive players to this team to compete in this division.

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I didn't vote. I don't think we are closing the gap in the standings...however, I'm not sure what we could do at this point.

We may end up being on the Angels path of having lots of good players with no superstars on the hill or in the lineup....and we still have a way to go to even achieve that. However, once we get to that .500 level, we'll be more appealing to more players and can start thinking bigger.

I always got the feeling that Angelos wanted the last regime to fight for .500 every year, while he let AM rebuild. I think AM is doing ok for now with that approach, and then once we're respectable, he'll have to shift into a different mode.

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Certainly I believe we're closing the gap in terms of talent. Will what we're doing be enough to compete in this absurd division? Time will only tell.

I'm very dissappointed in our (apparent) lack of involvement in the international signing period. I'm not going to get to excited on way or the other over Sano, but I haven't heard reports of us signing anyone. In order to consistently be competitive we will need to tap into that resource.

I didn't vote because I didn't think the poll options matched up to the thread question very well.

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We are closing the gap slowly, but Boston and NYY keep pulling ahead. If we don't move faster it's going to be that much harder to close the gap.

I could see us overtake the Yankees, unless they start to be more like Boston and then we'll have no shot as they have the most financial resources in baseball. It would be downright scary if they focused on building up their farm system.

On the path we are on now, and the way that we are refusing to spend all around, we'll never acquire enough talent to beat Boston and win the AL East under MacPhail.

This is the thing that bothers me all the time. It feels like we aren't really DOING anything. We just lose lose lose. They are ALWAYS MORE AGGRESSIVE than we are. And that is truly what is making the difference.

MSK

p.s. I voted NO.

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Is our front office making enough moves, acquiring front line talent, to close the 20+ games we seem to be behind NY and Boston each year. Take into consideration their improvements, talent additions also.

Boston has stayed about the same

The Yankees are a mess of an organization

It looks to me that as an organization we are closing the gap especially with new york.

Maybe we are not closing the gap with Tampa

We are ahead of Toronto.

You have to take a long range view.

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Shocker... surprising thread from Sapper, I mean... Big Bird. :rolleyes:

But since you asked... yes, they are. They've done enough at this point, and this off-season is probably the one where they go after a FA to help even further, provided the price isn't insane.

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Since you're asking right now in the middle of the season, I would say yes, we're doing enough right now. They've put the big money into the farm system (Matusz, Wieters, Arrieta, etc.). And they're doing a good job of not rushing them.

But if you ask the same question in January and they haven'tacquired some elite FA talent, then the answer will be no. This could finally be the year it makes sense to open the bank account and land some FA talent for relative peanuts.

If Matusz and another pitcher (Arrieta or Tillman, say) come into their own next year and break camp with the team... and if a guy like Brandon Snyder can surprise at 1st... and they keep Huff... then it would be delightful to see them sign two really great FAs to make this a truly competitive team.

If Pete is reading, I would suggest Beltre to man 3rd and bat cleanup... and Rich Harden to start opening day. :wedge:

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They are ALWAYS MORE AGGRESSIVE than we are. And that is truly what is making the difference.

MSK

p.s. I voted NO.

Yep, aggressiveness or lack there of is MacPhail's biggest weakness IMO, and it's the reason we are where we are and not further along.

Boston traded for Pedro Martinez and signed Manny Ramirez and that kick started their dominance. And then they traded Hanley Ramirez and pitching to get Beckett and Lowell to continue it. You'd never see MacPhail take those risks, and if Boston hadn't made those moves, they wouldn't be where they are today.

MacPhail goes with safety in numbers, instead of going after that one premium guy. And we need more premium players, than just good players to win in the AL East.

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Yep, aggressiveness or lack there of is MacPhail's biggest weakness IMO, and it's the reason we are where we are and not further along.

Boston traded for Pedro Martinez and signed Manny Ramirez and that kick started their dominance. And then they traded Hanley Ramirez and pitching to get Beckett and Lowell to continue it. You'd never see MacPhail take those risks, and if Boston hadn't made those moves, they wouldn't be where they are today.

MacPhail goes with safety in numbers, instead of going after that one premium guy. And we need more premium players, than just good players to win in the AL East.

And TOOK A CHANCE on a guy named David Ortiz. I posted in another thread that we rarely get a guy on a lark who turns into an elite level player. We either take really DUMB chances (Baez, Eaton, etc.) or none at all. That's my #1 issue with this organization. Blind conservatism in the world of risk takers.

MSK

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And TOOK A CHANCE on a guy named David Ortiz. I posted in another thread that we rarely get a guy on a lark who turns into an elite level player. We either take really DUMB chances (Baez, Eaton, etc.) or none at all. That's my #1 issue with this organization. Blind conservatism in the world of risk takers.

MSK

I agree, though perhaps Aubrey could become something for us as he's really taken off since being acquired.

This team could stand to make a few Garza for Young type deals...

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I still believe that Macphail is building up the talent level on the farm and when we are close to competing, he will pony up and get the player or two necessary to put us over the top. The man's only had about two years to make an impact here.. He doesn't have unlimited money to spend. Besides, there's been no one in the past few years I've been dying to overspend on. I LOVE what Macphail is doing, and once again am confident he will spend the money when the time is right... PATIENCE my friends.

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I still believe that MacPhail is building up the talent level on the farm and when we are close to competing' date=' he will pony up and get the player or two necessary to put us over the top.[/b']

I'm just amazed that this line keeps being repeated when the man has never done this in his history of overseeing baseball operations for any club. It was the biggest knock on him when he was with the Cubs.

Why do people think he's going to change now?

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