Posted by harness
But Crawford is a different kettle of fish. IMO the RS painted themselves in a corner a bit because they did have the motivation you discuss and could not afford to do the Cameron route again in 2011 and say "trust us, we are the smartest guys in the room" after going from ALCS loss in 08, to ALDS swept loss in 09, to no playoffs in 10.
I hope they did know what they are doing. But I don't see it. Crawford is just not a superstar, middle of the order player and unless the market changes he will be occupying one of those slots in the RS budget for 6 and 3/4 seasons to come. So to some extent salary matters. My argument about Lackey has been that his contract is in line with what his skills get in FA. Ditto with Drew. You can't find a similar contemporary player with a contract that looks anything like this.
My guess is the RS talked themselves into this step by step. We need the RH but if we miss on Werth and CC is still available, think of the defense and speed and his power game looks like it is emerging. Then Werth gets $120M plus and they figure CC is worth more than Werth. They rationalize age, bla bla bla.
But honestly I knew we might be in trouble the day people starting talking about CC batting third on a team with Youk and A-Gon on the roster. And then I thought so do you bat him second? And what, move Pedroia to 5 and Papi down? Well what about lead-off? But Ellsbury hits from both sides better, similar OBP and slightly better base stealer and the power? Not important here as a trade off for being meat when a LH is on the mound. 6th? And stack Ortiz, CC and Drew in a row?
I have tried to drink the kool-aid but my own words on the treads last summer now haunt me. When guys like Exdodgerfan used to go nuts about how we HAD to sign Crawford I used respond that he was fools gold and would be the worst FA signing for the contract required since Alphonso Soriano. Unlike Softlaw (nothing softy about him) I can't wait to say I was wrong about CC and right that Theo Epstein knows way more than me. That is what I assumed at the signing and still hope is the case but for all I can usually see the RS viewpoint and make that argument, I just can't right now.