I still miss them. I wish they could've stayed. They were a great tandem and they even had a history before joining the Pirates. It was kind of like the Steelers two third round picks this year, friends from childhood reunited. It was a great story, But we had to trade them.
The reason for that is beyond obvious, we're a small market team, like some senior citizens, we're on a fixed income. If we spend here, we have to go without somewhere else.
First off, what are we trying to do? Get to 81 wins. NO WAY!!! WE ARE THE CITY OF CHAMPIONS! So the goal then is to win the World Series right. (and more than once) That is why we must have a take no prisoners attitude.
If we have limited finances, then we can't afford to be sentimental when it comes to contracts. I agree what was offered was insulting, especially to Freddie, But for arguments sake, let's say the offer was raised to three years at four million per year for Jack and three years at six million per year for Freddie. Some will say that still is not enough! Well if you add that up over the length of the contract it comes to a total of THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS. I know the Government spends trillions, but we're the Pirates. For us thirty million is a lot.
What do we get for that. A winning team, no. What we get is some entertainment (kind of like fireworks and bobble heads) while we wait for a winner. When we do begin to win, we'll have thirty million less to work with, (remember the senior citizens analogy) not to mention the prospects that we would'nt have at that point because we didn't make the trades.
So while it would have been nice to keep them around long enough to see the promised land, at that stage they, like Moses (also a senior citizen at that point in history) would've seen it, but not been able to enter into it, as the two of them would've been approaching senior citizenry themselves, at least in baseball years. I think that's what Neil Huntington was talking about when he mentioned teams getting into trouble, by making emotional decisions at times like this, paying for what the players have done instead of what they'll do.
Personally, I would rather Have that money around to either keep one of our future stars, like Pedro Alvarez, or go out and sign the player who could push us over the top to win another World Series, so that years from now, when the city of champions are mentioned, the Pirates, this historically proud franchise, can once again take it's rightful place in the conversation.