Caps GM McPhee on Building Winners
Here’s Capitals GM George McPhee, courtesy of Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog:
“Ideally, you get your best players through the draft, so you always put the emphasis on that part of rebuilding. If you look at any successful team, they’ve drafted well.”
“That was the process and there were going to be some tough nights. It’s not much fun walking into a building knowing you’re probably going to get thrashed. But you get through that and you make sure your team is gritty and competitive and the wins will come at some point.”
Here’s the Homer McFanboy blog post from which Steinberg got the quotes, where McPhee also talks about the importance of making good trades and signing “the right free agents.”
McPhee is talking hockey, yes, but it’s the same in any sport. Draft well. Make smart trades. Use the free agent market to fill the last few holes when you’re ready. The wins will follow.
The Orioles under MacPhail are following the blueprint. That’s not news, but it was interesting to read McPhee’s quotes in light of the situation here.
Moving on to Wigginton, I like the pickup. It’s interesting that he chose Baltimore, too. At least one other team — the Phillies — was interested. So, I have to figure that he’s been promised significant playing time, probably as a super utility guy who will also get plenty of looks at DH. My gut tells me that the moves aren’t done, but even if they are we’re suddenly a pretty well-stocked team.
And, oh yeah: we’re only ten days away from pitchers and catchers.