What Do You Do?
So, you want to be a GM?
Everyone thinks they can sign players, release players, trade players, spend money, negotiate with agents, tackle arbitration cases, appear on radio/TV, work in a beautiful office, watch hundreds of games and players. Trades are simple, “We’ll trade you a box of pop corn for your gold watch.” Grab a yellow pad, jot down 3-4 trades and let’s start the season. Easy.
Sorry, folks, it isn’t that easy.
Ruben Amaro Jr.’s job took a potentially complicated turn today with the announcement that Chase and Pedro are having surgery. The announcement will push Donovan McNabb off of tomorrow’s sports pages.
Total recovery for Chase may require 4 to 6 months, mostly dependant on what the arthroscopic surgery entails. He could miss the start of the season. No one really knows right now. Pedro should be back for spring training.
With Eric Bruntlett and minor league infielder Jason Donald on the roster, they are on hand to fill in. Donald has been a shortstop. He spent time in the Arizona Fall League playing both second and third. Today, he was chosen as the Arizona Fall League’s Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award. The award exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership. Plus, he has some definite baseball tools.
So, you are the GM? What do you do? Panic isn’t an option. Neither is signing Hall of Fame second baseman Ryan Sandberg, bringing back Manny Trillo or moving Carlos Ruiz back to second base, where he played as an amateur.
What’s on your yellow pad?