The Bard's Take
Commentary reviewing the current state of the Arizona Diamondbacks by TolkienBard
Following up on the previous scouting reports of three strong candidates for the seventh pick in the draft.
It’s no secret that Arizona ownership is too cheap to spend competitively. This limits what the Diamondbacks can do with their payroll. As such, larger contracts are hard to justify keeping. Today we look at why keeping Greinke could still be a good idea.
Looking at a more traditional sort of early extension candidate than last week’s Jake Lamb.
Continuing last week’s discussion where Jake Lamb was identified as one of two current candidates to examine for an early extension in order to ensure financial stability and flexibility for the Diamondbacks moving forward.
It’s no secret the Diamondbacks have very little wiggle room to work with when trying to stick to Ken Kendrick’s seemingly arbitrary $100 million budget. Still, the Diamondbacks have two players that both could be worth paying a bit more to now, in order to save significant money on in the future, when, short of gutting the team, a mere $100 million in payroll will be impossible to achieve.
Was sigining Zack Greinke the right call? What if the team had chosen multiple lesser talents in order to spread the salary?
The Diamondbacks finished the 2015 season with 79 wins but headed into the offseason with a grip of cash and a talented core of players to build around. With being a serious contender for the playoffs so close, yet so far, was signing Zack Greinke to a massive contract the best way to go?
Has the time come for changes, no matter how empty or symbolic?
This week’s Bard’s Take is being pre-empted for a candid interview with the Snake Pit’s favorite first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt. Thanks to Chef's Cut’s publicity drive, the Snake Pit was granted the cahnce to enjoy a rare opportunity to speak with one of the team’s brightest stars.