Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Our Youth Is Our Future
If Our Washington Nationals are going to build from the bottom up, they need to sign their Number 1 Draft Pick of 2008. No question about it. For Our Team's Future and for Our Fans sake, inking Aaron Crow to a contract is important to baseball in Washington, DC. A positive movement in an otherwise down year.
From Day One, Management has stated that Our Washington Nationals need to rebuild their Farm System. I believe Ownership is still committed to that direction and I have faith in their negotiating efforts. Despite what some have stated, Washington has consistently ponied up the money. Look how some complained last month that NOT ONE TOP Draft Pick was going to be signed for 2008. Destin Hood wrote his name on his contract last month.
So, I am not too worried about the comments made by Team President Stan Kasten at Nationals.com concerning Washington not signing all their picks in this past June's Draft. Rarely, does anyone sign all their top choices. As it happened last year, Washington landed all their top 20 choices.
Clearly, Mr. Kasten is letting everyone know that Our Washington Nationals are not an Open Checkbook to unproven youngsters. I am OK with that. And just because Washington paid above slot for Jack McGeary last season , at the last possible moment, before inking him to a unique deal involving his college education at Stanford--they are not going to be doing the same each and every year. (And remember--few thought Washington would get McGeary under team control also).
Overpaying each and every year can only lead to further signing problems down the road. Remember, how so many agents for NFL Players used to throw out Washington Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder's name in Free Agency just to ramp up contract negotiations with other teams for their clients? They knew Mr.Snyder was Mr. MoneyBags.
Our Washington Nationals should not put themselves in a similar position.
You get what you pay for.
Nothing is guaranteed.
But, there is a time for spending your money wisely.
This coming off-season, Our Washington Nationals will remove nearly $20 Million dollars off their Major League Payroll, more than enough money to sign Aaron Crow, shortstop Daniel Espinosa (3rd Round Pick), left-hander Graham Hicks (4th Round) and catcher Adrian Nieto (5th Round Pick)--that is--if these youngsters and their agents want to play ball with Our Washington Nationals.
Negotiations are a two way street, none of which I am privy to, but here's wishing that Our Washington Nationals can get Crow and at least one additional pick signed by The August 15th Deadline.
We still need an influx of young talent in Our System. Our Washington Nationals have a long way to go. And if Our Youth Is Our Future--no better time than the present to get some of these talented players under team control--for years to come. Being a patient man, I am going to let these negotiations play out. There are still nine full days to go to strike a deal and welcome these new players home.