In response to IrishMob7's comment:
In response to AZPAT's comment:
Offseason plans? Hmmmm.....
1) Spending 14 wonderful days on an Aruban beach in late February (Merry Christmas to me!)
2) Get that oil channged in the old truckster ('99 Tahoe, free/clear, churning out 16 MPG) before heading to Aruba
3) Get ready for umpiring. (Those evil youths are getting bigger and faster. Beach activities with 6 of my best friends named "Bud" will help this cause tremendously.))
4) Get the old smoker and grill ready for THEIR upcoming seasons
5) Pray that the Sox are at least competitive in '13.
6) Oh, yeah, spend more time with the Mrs (Isn't this more like a New Year Resolution "thing"?)
Here here! I like some of the offseason moves so far, albeit a few of those contracts were too large for my liking. Oh well, I'd take a slightly overpaid dirtdog like Victorino than to throw 142 million dollars at the mentally weak bum in Crawford. Go Sox!
Big contracts are funny things. When the player is performing, it's all well, fine, and good. When they don't, it's all horrible. Just venture back in time to the Pedro FA deal. The Sox KNEW he wasn't worth the big contract, but got baited into a bidding war Pedro created with the Mets (Sox fans were the driving force on this, NOT Theo). The Mets won (???) out and got saddled for HUGE money over 3+ years. No one questioned Beckett's paycheck, as long as he was pitching like he was a Cy Young candidate. When he wasn't, the Sox were saddled with a big non-performing contract.
Money isn't the issue. As long as the player(s) perform, they'll pay teh bucks. Pay small, get small. Look no further than KC for this. They have developed good talent, then either traded it away for more potential talent, or lost them to FA. I doubt if season ticket holders will continue to shell out big bucks for sub .500 seasons for a long period of time. I just want them to spend it wisely, and get good value for it.