Re: a good read
posted at 12/1/2012 9:47 PM EST
In response to pinstripezac's comment:
In fact, it wasnât until Dec. 12 that the Red Sox pulled off their first big move of the offseason, trading for second baseman Todd Walker. It wasnât until Jan. 6 that they signed Mike Timlin. It wasnât until Jan. 10 that they brought in Bill Mueller; Jan. 22 when they decided to take a chance on David Ortiz. It wasnât until Feb. 4 when they plucked Bronson Arroyo off waivers and Feb. 15 when they finally wrangled Kevin Millar from the Marlins.
hey if we are going to cherry pick
why not talk about the next yr when they traded 4 curt on thanksgiving
or a few yrs B4 when they traded 4 pedro by thanksgiving
go a few yrs after his choice of yr when they traded for beckett B4 thanksgiving
just sayin just askin
are those not your best pitching acquisitions in that time frame
my point is not that they should have done something by now
it's that those who question why not have merit
building a roster is an art, not a science
Trades and FA signings are apples and oranges. Trades, especially of major players, have to be done early in order to set the roster. The RS need a 1B. They can't go into February hoping to sign one, or then trade for one.
OTOH, FAs are just the opposite. The only way to sign a FA early is to overpay for one. Otherwise the FA would have no motivation to sign. Why would Greinke sign before checking to see if the NYY want to match? Or 5 other teams? Guys like Cashman finally got smart and don't even negotiate. They wait until all other avenues have been exhausted and either top it or they don't.
Further, you only jump quickly when you are getting a good deal or a unique talent. You want to shut out everyone else. Pedro and Schilling were huge gets. For 1B, it will likely be Napoli, or Reynolds, or maybe LaRoche. For RF, maybe Ross, or maybe Swisher, or other interchangeable pieces. It really makes little difference which of them we get. If CO put Tulo on the table, now all of the sudden, we probably don't want to drag the thing out till the NYY start inquiring.
And even past that, some of these moves are susquential. Maybe we are one hour away from Lester/Myers. or Ellsbury/Lee, and either of thsoe two moves resets the entire landscape. You can't sign Haren if Philly is on the hook for Lee.