Why sellers? A lot of reasons actually. Even though the team is still technically in the playoff hunt, the reason to sell has been discussed only as far as the players involved.
For instance, we could sell to shed the contracts of players who are set to become free agents, such as Stammen; or we could sell to rid ourselves of bad contracts, such as that of Wil Myers.
Mainly, we can sell to acquire a front-of-the-rotation arm that the front office seems hell-bent on getting, or to help ease the soon-to-be 40-man roster crunch that will present its own set of problems in the off-season.
Those are all good and logical reasons to do so — but is that the best thing to do at this point? Possibly. This front office makes very strategic moves for the short and long-term interest of the team.
Now that the Friars have called up both Luis Urias and Adrian Morejon, that helps a little regarding the 40-man roster; Morejon was going to need to be protected during the winter anyhow.
The corresponding moves that will be made to add each of them to the 25-man roster should provide a glimpse into what direction the front office might be leaning. It’ll be fun to see what the 40-man move will be to add Morejon, too.
Furthermore, if you’ve followed recent team news, there will soon be another move made to add Michel Baez to the team, as has been reported by multiple outlets who cover the franchise.
Could all of this shuffling around be the catalyst that leads the team to sell? The next 10 days will surely answer that question.
Or, could these transactions be leading the Friars to be buyers?