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Sometimes the words 'veteran' and 'clubhouse guy' are just synonyms for SUCKS

Paul Byrd, AGE 35
2006 Stats: 9.2 IP, 10.24 ERA, 1.90 WHIP
Possible replacements - Carmona, Sowers, Davis

Aaron Boone, AGE 33(a)
2006 Stats: .300 AVG, 6 RBI, 1 HR
Possible replacement - Marte

Danny Graves, AGE 32
2006 Stats: 2.2 IP, 9.00 ERA, 2.50 WHIP
Possible replacements - Brown, Davis, Groundskeeper

Jason Johnson, AGE 32(b)
2006 Stats: 6 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.71 WHIP
Possible replacements - Carmona, Sowers, Davis

Hollandsworth, Vazquez and Perez get a pass for being backups. Blake's position has no obvious heir in the minors.

a - Boone will suck this year. His approach at the plate still sucks even though he has had a hot start. It takes pitchers a month to get themselves in a groove. Wait till pitchers start to locate outside against Boone. He will be slump central!

b - I actually think Johnson will be good, so long he isn't fatigued. He has good stuff to begin with and the addition of sinking FB should help him out a lot.

I argee with the guy from the Baseball Prospectus (I can't remember the name) who said on an ESPN chat that he can't understand why GMs and managers are loathe to start budding youngsters over proven and reliable, but subpar veterans. Does anyone think we can reach the World Series with Paul Byrd and Danny Graves? Is it really worth paying these 'veterans' for basically being nice guys? I'm a nice guy. I know a lot of good jokes. Pay me! Time and time again, why do GMs prefer the certainty of mediocre players over the uncertainty of budding stars? I'd rather win the World Series once in the next five years rather than being 'competetive' in each of those season and not winning it all. I'm saying we should spend more money. I just think we should stop deluding ourselves into thinking that a championship caliber team can have Paul Byrd, Danny Graves and Aaron Boone on the roster.  

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