Ten days later, despite having added only Shaun Marcum, a starting pitcher more like Chris Young than R.A. Dickey, and both the outfield and bullpen unaddressed, Alderson made it sound like his winter shopping was essentially complete. The patience he stressed all winter turns out to have been a rationale for doing almost nothing.
“We keep looking. But, at the same time, in terms of significant upgrades on the free-agent market, not a lot available, ” Alderson said Sunday. “We continue to talk to clubs about possible trades, but at this stage most teams, as you know, are beginning to prep for the beginning of spring training and the trade activity is probably going to begin to diminish.”
There’s a scene in Duck Soup of a cabinet meeting conducted by Rufus T. Firefly, played by Groucho Marx, that goes like this:
RUFUS: And now, members of the cabinet, we’ll take up old business.
CABINET MEMBER: I wish to discuss the tariff.
RUFUS: Sit down, that’s new business. No old business? Very well, then we’ll take up new business.
CABINET MEMBER: Now about that tariff-
RUFUS: Too late! That’s old business already.
Posted: January 28, 2013 at 05:03 PM | 20 comment(s)
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