Originally posted by AthensGaNiner:
Again, I don't think we can grade Baalke's performance until we actually see some games played with the new guys. That being said, I've been really impressed with how we approached this FA period. As the economics lesson a few posts back pointed out, the market was flooded, and that enabled us to address needs without over spending. Baalke took advantage of a unique situation created by the lockout. I'd say fairly well played for a new GM.
I also like how we didn't over commit to our acquisitions. The more proven guys get 3 year deals, which allows the team time to address those spots for the future through the draft, while the guys with a question mark or two are on one year deals. It will be interesting to see how the FO handles that, in the event that Edwards or Rogers are having really strong years at the midpoint of the season.
Lastly, someone on here suggested that the Whitner vs Goldson situation involved more luck than anything. While I agree that Whitner's availability was fortunate, it should be noted that the team had intended to resign Goldson all along, but at a specific price. When it appeared that Goldson wasn't going to come off his demands for more money, the team went out and aggressively pursued another quality player to take his spot. They managed to essentially steal him from another team, and didn't have to break the bank to do so. So, while Whitner may not have been the plan from the start, I think this move shows a nice ability to react to a situation and adjust your plan to fit the circumstances. Or, as Gunny Highway would put it, "you improvise, you adapt, you overcome."
Overall, I'm impressed with the moves on paper. Let's see how they play out during the season.
I totally agree that it looks like a probable upgrade and at a reasonable price. I am also sure that the coaching staff was involved with selecting who fits their new schemes best too and that should be another plus. From scratching my head one week to a huge smile the next week ....... can't wait.