If you are reading this, or perhaps, an off-blog Mariners fan has begged you to read it to him, then you are aware that Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz are good are pretty much the perfect #3 and #4 hitters. They are perfect hitters except for the fact that at least one of them is likely to not be a perfect hitter in the medium term.
Hence Jerry DiPoto's recent comments that his vision is for a much younger roster. Soonest.
[Birdwalk ensues] Remind your friend that there are big problems with a "Lawyer-Committee GM," and, in fact, with any committee. Committees are not agile; they can't decide in a 16-hour window to jump on a Hisashi Iwakuma opportunity. The Founding Fathers actually decided that the U.S. government should be a committee, for the express purpose of ruling out agile hangmen and taxmen.
Also, committees do not have coherent vision. No committee could have painted the Mona Lisa, could they? Even a TWO-person BASEBALL-man committee might decide to score 513 runs via UZR in one season, and scrap the idea for .230-hitting RBI men the next season. The Zduriencik years were seven years long, poetically enough, the same as the seven years of famine that made Joseph second to Pharoah on the throne.
Now we've got Jerry DiPoto second on the throne to an ownership committee. For ill or for weal, Jerry DiPoto is agile and he is coherent.
DiPoto enjoyed Cano and Cruz, as did you, but he specifically pointed out that the M's position players were the oldest in baseball. "We gotta get younger," he says. Very nice indeed when your local team is leading by 14 at halftime and then goes to work frantically on adjustments.
This leads us to the question, Get younger how?
1) Zunino for Iannetta
2) 'Bach for Lind
3) Ketel One Error Per Week vs. a 32-year-old shortstop for next year
4) Seth Smith vs. some other outfielder
5) Nori Aoki vs. some other outfielder
It is true that DiPoto likes for young players to get plenty of time in AAA. It is also true that the best place, and the only place, to learn major league baseball is in the major leagues. The goal is not merely to get younger; the goal is that out of these positions (C, 1B, SS, RF, LF) you come one or two legit 100-RBI men in the 2018 season. To take over for Cruz and/or even for Cano.
We all need to study art, literature and the Kansas City Royals for ways to come up with younger MOTO's. As you know, DiPoto is waiting breathlessly for that One Big Insight that will unlock the Rangers' defense to the AL West title.
There was an interesting find on the 'net, can't remember where, that Nori Aoki had a 480-AB vesting option for next year -- and if your friend is paying attention, he noticed that Aoki was sent down twice during the 2016 season, limiting him to 460-odd AB's.
Grievance-worthy? Probly. Smart? Sure. Likely to carry over into a decline of Aoki's option? Not so much, since DiPoto has waxed EK STAT IK over Aoki's performance late in the year. As with Leonydas, Aoki "was right in the thick of things" as the M's played their best baseball.
The general consensus among the "accessed" is that among the M's 5 free agent hitters -- Iannetta, Aoki, Smith, Lind, and Lee -- Seth Smith is the one guy likely to be re-upped. Going by the "get younger" mantra compass, though, and going by the fact that Seth Smith is merely a decent player who is getting pretty old, Dr. D isn't so sure.
What's your take on the "technological imperative" of getting younger? Among the M's five free agents, Dr. D would probably plump for Nori Aoki as the most likely to be an M next year.