Anyone who’s watched MLB for even half a decade can think back to when that top prospect got his first taste of action in the league. September has been an unofficial holiday of sorts for teams long since out of the race who were given a chance to see some of the future show off their skills in the show.
As people struggle to justify or explain why Ka’ai Tom keeps getting playing time or keeps his job for that matter, his Rule 5 status often comes up. I think that defense is crap quite frankly, and has no bearing on this decision.
It gets exhausting watching a team go through a rebuild, especially when we just watched one that failed due in no small part to poor execution. Even for those of us who think given MLBs economic imbalance this provides the best shot at delivering a team in the conversation at some point you want to start seeing some of it show signs.
Yesterday Jason Mackey posted a conversation he had with Ben Cherington following the events of the non-tender deadline. If you read my piece yesterday, you probably can understand why I would be interested in what he had to say.