On Bourn: Even on a one year deal, I'd still rather give Gentry/Martin the playing time, if only to see what we have in both of those guys. I just don't see Bourn as a player that gets us any closer to a championship, so we might as well play what we have and see if they'll be worth anything either on the team itself or by trading them.
On Jackson: I'll pass. 4 years is a ridiculous commitment to a pitcher of his caliber. He had a poor year last year and there's a reason he's bounced around from team to team over his career. I'd much rather see us sign another starter to a short-term deal, then see what Darvish, Harrison, Holland, Ogando and Perez can do. Just like Gentry/Martin, a couple of those guys really need to prove their worth to the club.
On Pierzynski: Our catching is so piss poor that he does make sense, even if we should be concerned with his presence within the clubhouse. We need to find left-handed hitting and if the Rangers aren't going to pony up for LaRoche, then we're running low on options.
All in all, I've given up on this team. We're back to a youth movement/low-risk/wait and see approach and frankly, no matter who we add at this point, I can't see us any better than a third place team in the AL West. So, we might as well stick the course and see what we have in these young players. Hopefully they work out, because if not, they won't even have much trade value. This is the course Nolan, JD & the other band of "we know betters" laid out, so I'd rather stick to it than go with the cheap, BS option of signing a bunch of has been's and never were's to multi-year deals that will prevent us from obtaining real talent at a later date...not that I'm pinning much hope on this group to open up their pocketbooks.