Hi, there everybody! Happy holidays to you all.
As always, thanks in advance for your wisdom.
Having lived in KC for a while there was always a way in which Allard Baird would try to stock up on prospects. Although the team was never really in contention, he would gobble up mid-level free agents late in the game when they were getting desperate to find a team to play for. It clearly wouldn't put the team over the top and close to contention unless serious luck was involved (see Royals, circa 2003 season with Tony Pena).
In any event, I think his goal was to catch ligtning in a bottle with some of these free agents, hope they have a career or very good year, and have some tradeable assets available at the deadline so teams who felt they were close could give up prospects to help rebuild the team. This would include signings such as Juan Gonzalez, Tony Womack, Octavio Dotel, and the like.
Everything I am reading shows we aren't close to contention any time soon. Especially if we trade Garza this season is a wash. Do you think signing pitchers to one year or short term low-cost deals such as Oswalt, Corpas, perhaps Jackson or Maholm that won't hamstring us in the future is worthwhile simply because of the possibility of having trade pieces around? Or is it just a waste of money which should be saved for future years?
The best example I can give (I suppose) is the Indians signing Austin Kearns and then trading him for a pretty reasonable prospect, Zach McAllister, who is young, has done very well in the minors and who may well become a reliable #4 or #5 starter. In addition, although it took forever and a lot of pain, KC eventually reached a point where it had a very productive farm system after it had been barren for a long time.
Thank you in advance for your wisdom!