checkers v chess
Put aside the simple days gone by of analyzing personnel changes.
No one has been a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers (the team that first played here when I was 7, turning 8 during that season, in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) longer than me. In that time I have never seen a front office demonstrate such a complex and apparently ongoing strategy. I have read a lot of analysis of trades, have felt many of the things expressed, only to see I was looking over to the right when the front office was steering over to the left.
It is my conclusion that while I have been playing checkers (metaphorically) these guys are playing chess. Any judgement of what they have done needs to be deferred until we get to see the end result on opening day. This trade by trade view is just to short sighted.
What I can say with absolute surety is that this is the most exciting Winter Meetings that I have ever followed. In my gut, I have a feeling that as a Dee Gordon fan, they did not share my feelings and felt he was a temporary player at that position, to be replaced in a year, and this was the time to get value for him with a defensive upgrade with pop, for that year. As someone who felt that Kemp was back, they felt he had peaked in value, and better to get prospects with a catcher (who for the life of me, I don't see the value) and either create a better farm system, or... who knows.
Fasten your seat belt. This is going to be an exciting ride.
Here is the question of the day, does anyone think that wealthy people should pay a lower percentage of their income to taxes than middle class people? Don't argue tax brackets, just a simple question. Do you think someone earning 46 million dollars should pay a lower percentage of their income than say someone earning sixty thousand?