He also remembers his first amateur draft, although it might be one he’d like to forget.
“That was the year we took Cliff Pennington at the top of the draft,” Zaidi says. “I very much remember the conversations in the draft room. From a statistical standpoint (Pennington) had everything you wanted. He hit for power, he walked, he didn’t strike out much, he played shortstop, so he played a premium position.
“I still remember to this day, the debate we were having was between Cliff Pennington and (Jacoby) Ellsbury, the (Boston) Red Sox centrefielder who went a couple picks later. Those were two guys who, from a statistical standpoint, actually looked very similar.”
...For a small market team with limited funds, it’s all about cost-control.
“You read some of the coverage of our deals and people seem to think we enjoy trading away established players — we don’t,” Zaidi says. “You always have to evaluate what’s best for the long term and if you think you can get pieces that add up to greater potential in the future, then you have to at least consider it.
“Sometimes, you’re right, and sometimes, you’re wrong. If you just always go with the popular perception of these players, that’s probably a recipe for mediocrity.”
Posted: August 03, 2012 at 07:59 AM | 22 comment(s)
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