Cedric Tallis was the first general manager of the Kansas City Royals. His expansion draft was pristine, acquiring young men with enough talent to play big league baseball and enough time left to hang around for most of a decade. Bill James wrote about him, detailing transactions and development ideas (acquiring Amos Otis from the Mets, procuring George Brett, helping run the KCRoyals baseball academy) that would sustain the team for many years. He looked long term. You can read about him here.
Tallis was all about acquiring young players who could be coached to play a specific (fast, good gloves, hitting for average) brand of baseball. He was a central figure in the Royals first decade, and with Brett’s long career, Tallis had an impact on the 1985 World Series win.
Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. I am proud to be part of The Athletic. Here are the most recent Oilers stories.
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers prospect Raphael Lavoie has opted for Europe. Will others follow suit?
- New Lowetide: Oilers return to traditional farming model with Bakersfield Condors
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Oilers GM Ken Holland on improving internally, the flat cap and goaltending
- Lowetide: How close are the Oilers to deploying two formidable scoring lines?
- Jonathan Willis: Can the Oilers find value picks among the 2020 NHL Draft’s impressive Russians?
- Lowetide: 10 free agent targets for the Oilers this offseason
- Lowetide: What if the Oilers went scorched earth in front of 2020 free agency?
- Lowetide: Oilers Top 20 Prospects, Summer 2020
- Jonathan Willis: Unqualified RFAs could be top offseason targets for the Oilers
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Who stays? Who goes? The most likely players to stay with and leave the Oilers
KEN HOLLAND SPEAKS
Daniel Nugent-Bowman’s interview with Ken Holland that was published on the weekend is a must read. I’m about to quote from the article, so please clink on the link above and read it. Please and thanks.
Ken Holland: “Part of getting better is internally. Everybody looks externally. Well, we’re in a flat cap. Am I gonna try to make some moves? Yeah. I’m gonna pick up the phone and see what we can do to make ourselves a little bit different, a little bit better. But part of our improvement has to be: Can Ethan Bear back up next year what he did last year and build upon it? Can Caleb Jones do that? Can Yamamoto do that? Are there any kids that are gonna come in and push? And, if they don’t push in training camp, can they come in and make our team halfway through the year like Yamo did and have some impact on our team?”
That’s it, really. Holland and Dave Tippett have to find out if Evan Bouchard can help (he can), if Tyler Benson can wrestle playing time away from Joakim Nygard, if William Lagesson has real NHL shutdown ability (I believe he does). I believe much of this offseason is going to be about making room on defense for Caleb Jones, Bouchard and Lagesson. What does that mean? I expect Kris Russell and Matt Benning are going to exit, with the opening night 2020-21 defense possibly looking like this: Nurse-Larsson, Klefbom-Bear, Jones-Bouchard and Lagesson in the pressbox.
If Larsson is dealt, and that’s possible, you might see Nurse-Bear, Klefbom-Jones and Russell-Bouchard with Lagesson in the pressbox. You might also see a defenseman added to the mix. OEL anyone. Oh, and there should be some good forwards available.
It comes down to this: Get good players, keep good players. If Holland and Tippett give worthy prospects 500 at-bats in the majors before making a decision, that will represent a sea change in this organization big enough to create a tsunami.
Ehlers would be a wild addition, I’ve written about Nurse-for-Ehlers many times, most recently in July 2019 and in January of 2019. He scored 25 goals last season, 203 shots in 71 games. Laine would require more silver and gold than the Oilers can afford.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy show begins at 10, TSN1260. At 10:20 Daniel Nugent-Bowman from The Athletic will join me to discuss his interview with Ken Holland and the bold move by Raphael Lavoie in signing an SHL contract. Devan Fink from Beyond the Boxscore will be around at 10:40 to talk trade deadline and the San Diego Padres. Jason Gregor slides in at 11 to talk NHL playoffs and the collision course the Lightning and Golden Knights appear to be on at this time. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. It’ll be a crazy day!