Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part III
posted at 9/28/2011 12:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part III
I don't think the only options were Werth or CC. (I too thought Werth was a better fit.) Yes, Dunn, Ordonez and most other LF'er types flopped badly, but the longterm and short term cost would have been way way less, and maybe allowed us to get 2 pitchers at the break not one injury-riddled diceroll. In hindsight, Lance Berkman might have been the big steal had we gone that way. I understand the view of OF need. I was for going after Holliday as a preemptive move, however, we did have Ellsbury and Cameron returning from injury, and Kalish was high on many prospect lists. I think a Josh Willingham or deJesus could have been gotten for much cheaper and actually done better. Thanks for clarifying your earlier position. When you responded here, it reminded me of your whole position.
Posted by moonslav59
Moon not sure how Holliday was in play for 2011, so I am not getting that. I am sure there is something I am missing?
Yes in hindsight Willingham who has been an OBP bust in 2011 or Dejesus would have been better bridges while Kalish and the kids matured. But I think the RS were hoping to fill one OF spot in FA in 2011 for a number of years and that one of the kids would have emerged as a 2012 OFer.
But that "bridge" word sure took a beating in Boston after 2010 and it would have taken great organizational discipline to let VMart walk, replacing him with Salty and getting a bridge in the OF with the tarnished Ellsbury and aging Drew.
But until they did sign Crawford, I thought they would bridge and take the heat before paying Crawford the $90M-$100M the media speculated he'd get. There must have been some pretty fascinating rationalizations internally as they got to a place where they made that commitment.
I know CC is a worn out topic but I guess while I always try to take my RS rooting in stride, the quality of his play just has become my annoyance, though I know that he is not the reason for collapse any more than he made any real contributions to the great months of baseball we saw sandwiched between the sputtering start and the collapse.