posted at 10/4/2012 8:17 AM EDT
In response to Soxdog67's comment:
In response to JimfromFlorida's comment:
1st sign Youk since WS are not paying 13M for him
LF sign Hamilton(3 to 5 yrs) or Gomes & B.J. Upton
RF sign Ross
DH resign Ortiz
Pitching sign Shields don't see Rays giving him 9M, Anibel Sanchez, Francisco Liriano,
Kyle Lohse, Jonathan Broxton, J.P. Howell and Derek Lowe
Clay, Lackey, Lester, Melancon, Bailey, Doubrant, Tazawa, Breslow, Albers,
Wow, a 16 man pitching staff and NO Catchers...so far a great plan.
Jim, wants the Sox to dive right back into the abyss that they were in this year by signing Shields, Sanchez, Lohse, Liriano, Hamilton and Upton...not to mention Broxton, Howell and Lowe...and let's not forget to bring back Albers who I believe has moved on in the Breslow deal.
Out of the 8 starters that are now on the roster, which 5 make the rotation?
...this type of team rebuilding is exactly what we don't need...replace the old fatcats with new ones!
OK I forgot the two current catchers. You got me there
As far as the abyss you mention only one of those guys will want a 5 yr deal and that is Hamilton. Again on the abyss, if you do not sign premier players to long term contracts you become KC or Pitts or some other team that never has the guy who can make a difference. The RS in the past 12 years were the best when they had Ortiz and Manny plain and simple. Having Ortiz and Hamilton does the same thing.
As for signing all the pitchers IMHO many on the cureent roster are gone. Miller, Hill, Cook, Bard, Mortensen, etc.... I also know they won't sign them all nor should they however what you see is the list of the best available and even that is not great. Why is that???
It is because many of the premeir players are tied up on long term contracts aka the so called abyss you feverently never wish to go back to.
Signing long term contracts on premeir players is smart baseball. Problem is it doesn't always work. However the plusses out weigh the minuses.