I know you’re probably bummed that the Nats didn’t get this done, and there’s been some criticism of the “Hey, we were close” approach, which I think is valid.
The more pertinent development, to me, is what this reveals about the team’s philosophy going forward. It no longer seems like they are afraid to spend on pieces that could carry some risk. And let’s be honest: Chapman carries some level of risk, especially for an organization that had so many recent nightmares with Latin American players.
Spending $180 million on Mark Teixeira over eight years, in some ways, carries less risk than giving Chapman $30 millon over five years, because Teixeira has a track record of production to merit that kind of money. Chapman doesn’t; and when he’s not exclusively treating teams like the Yankees and Red Sox as front-runners for his services, there’s a greater chance of the Nats landing him--and actually having to pay him all that money.
I’m not saying to pat the Nats on the back (hey, that rhymed!) for making a run at the Cuban phenom and coming up short. I think their pursuit of him, though, does reveal a shift in the kinds of risks they’re now willing to take.
After the Stephen Strasburg signing and the Chapman offer, for example, I’d be much less worried of them not signing the No. 1 overall pick this summer.
That’s all for now. Leave your comments, questions, etc., at the bottom of the post, and I’ll respond to them as soon as I can.