In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to emp9's comment:In a nutshell, Signings I was in favor of: Victorino Napoli Hanrahan Dempster Signings i didn't like: Drew Ross Gomes Not to say I don't like these players, but i thought SS, BckpC, LF were all positions they could have filled from within, then go hard after Anibal Sanchez. ( i know the arguments based on last year's team at the end or 1/3 of the end of it ). I don't want to get into the money side of it ( that would be a different conversation ), except that i thought that filling those positions from w/in wld justify a big contract signing. And i have to admit, i tend to forgive bad signings when it has to do w/ pitching, especially ones based on career performance ( see Hanrahan i guess ). So yeah. As GM, i would have advocated for a revolving door at nearly 3 positions to sign more effective starting pitching.
I really liked Sanchez, and his 195+ IP for 3 straight years showed he had become more reliable than many here seemed to think he was.
I was not big on trying to sign Lackey years ago, but when they gxot him for less than what I expected him to sign for, I liked the deal for the same reason you mention. trying to upgrade the rotation from the middle up part vs continually seeking better 5th starters in hopse one blossums on our watch is a forgivable gamble.
Had we put all our eggs in two baskets: J Upton and A Sanchez, who really knows if we'd have a better record right now, but my position was that these guys would still be here in 2015 and beyond (assuming an Upton extension).
We also will never know if these two would have put up the same numbers in this rough environment.
Ben's plan has worked thus far. I hope it continues, but I have serious doubts. Of course, after a nice start, the odds have improved on making the playoffs, and my 83-85 win projection may turn out low.
Upton is a FA after 2015. IMO, you cant assume an extension right now when he knows he can get a HUGE deal in 3 years, probably worth more than hes offered now. I got a question for you Moon. Do you think it would be better to spend the $$, make a play for him and get him in his prime for the next 6 years (28-34 yrs old) after 2015, or give up valuable farm pieces and have him leave when he hits his prime? Just wanted to pose that question to you since I believe we are in a "bridge" period over the next 2 years waiting for the prospects to develop. By 2015 we should be over it and Upton will be available. I would really want to make an aggressive play for him after the 2015 season if he proves over the next 3 years he can be consistent and worth it. His numbers still have question marks this year.
Having JBJ in CF, Upton in RF and maybe even Bogaerts in LF would be an unbelievable OF