Here are the items where we agree: sign the picks, extend Manny, trade vets for prospects, add some really juicy fan appreciation days, and (I love this) fire Clint. We also both had a Zimmerman item on our lists--I said we should get him signed to a long-term deal, while Sheinin says we should name him captain as a step down that road.
Dave's list also has three items I didn't:
He says we should fire Lenny Harris (ok, now I am starting to think they're stealing ideas from the Natmosphere!). I actually had this on my list but took it off because I'd rather see them just give Manny power to hire and fire his own coaching staff, which I think would lead to the same thing. I also think that Sheinin and some of the most virulent anti-Lenny people in the Natmosphere tend to overargue the point. No, Lenny doesn't seem like he adds much, but most hitting coaches don't really add much. Most of them are just guys, pretty interchangable, not very important. There are a handful who are really good, but they are the exception. And to blame Lenny for the decline in productivity of vets like Lopez, Kearns, Pena, and Nick? Well I think that's silly.
Sign Barry Bonds. I've said that I don't completely dismiss this like I would have 6 months ago, but I still say no. We just don't need any more negativity.
Release Lopez. I don't disagree with Sheinin's criticisms, but I just don't see the point. We have no replacement-level MIs in the minors, and if Felipe goes, we're one Belliard injury away from, what? trying Lo Duca at second?
Also, occasionally correct SI rumor-monger Jon Heyman continues his series on rumors of Bowden's future. After raising our hopes that Bowden was in trouble, then dashing them with rumors that the team was sticking by him in the wake of SmileyGate, we get this:
Despite his bosses' support for him in the scout skimming investigation, there's increasing buzz that Nationals GM Jim Bowden will be replaced before next year.
Tip of the cap to loyal commenter Mike.