Can someone tell me what the risk was? He was undrafted and guaranteed nothing? I mean, I guess if the risk is reputational that a player in your organization might commit a felony, I can kind of buy that, but from an asset perspective, this was zero risk. I fail to see the harm in signing him to an unguaranteed FA contract....What, a roster spot? Let's not forget we thought it brilliant to carry two kickers at one point...
Tossing around hypothetical failures beyond "he showed up fat and got cut in July.....
Him suiting up and losing a game for you by losing it on the field at a key time?
You passing on a MLB this spring because you think you have it addressed and he shows up out of shape, or fails a drug test, etc?
Hell, in a league that had a player kill himself at team facilities, kill a teammate this season, or even our own team with a hit and run with multiple teammates in the car? Dude was on a major self destructive spiral. Can you say that'd be impossible for a guy acting as terribly erratic and destructive as he was?
Sure you wouldn't lose a draft pick but there are still ways it could go wrong for the team. Sometimes, it's ok to say I'm not going to try to reform the guy.
Edited by NoSaint, 03 January 2013 - 08:03 PM.