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In response to garyhow's comment:
Looks like Red Sox winter spending is just about complete [Napoli pending] But looks like RS took a page out of Patriots book this past winter. Instead of going for the big name FA's of recent past [CC, Lackey] they focused more on fabric type players, that help to build a team. Back when the Patriots were winning SB's the one thing they did very well was sign players who filled a specific need, never going after the big name / big money guys.I know a lot of fans will say 13 mil per yr is a lot of $, but if you look at what Hamilton and Greinke signed for this is not big signings by todays standards. RS payroll right now stands at about 176 mil for next yr, but I still believe they have another trade in the works [they have a ton of quality bp arms] and Detroit still needs a closer and if they find a Soriano to be too expensive could a Porcello for Bailey+ trade be that far fetched? Here's to hoping Soriano gets signed elsewhere.
We are very near the luxury tax limit right now (with Naps) after counting the $3.9M we pay the Dodgers and the player retirement contribution.
That puts us very close to where we were last season at this time.
Would I rather have all the guys we signed this winter plus the prospects we got from the Dodgers rather than Josh, CC, AGon and Punto? Yes, but that doesn't mean I think we couldn't have done better at setting ourselves up for 2014 and beyond.
Moon, we may be very close to where we were last year at this time, but we are not obligated to more than a quarter billion dollars going forward on guys who were not good fits here. Ben quickly spent the money saved from the Dodger deal, but he did so in such a way that it will be much easier to get out from under any and all of those deals as they are all for shorter terms and less money, AND they are all veteran players any one of whom could be a target for a trading partner at the deadline. He didn't land that bright young star under team control for many years (YET) but maybe he believes that those bright young stars are already in our organization. I could easinly be eating my words in May, but I think Ben did the best he could with the free agent crop available and the talent he had on his own roster. Since last season's final game we have lost Ross, Aviles and a couple bullpen arms while adding experienced, quality (if unspectacular) players. I give Ben a B+ so far with a chance to earn an A with a creative trade to help the top of the rotation, although there a few top of the rotation pitchers to be had.
While not having longer term commitments than we had with what we traded away to the Dodgers is an advantage, I do not agree that Ben deserves a B+. No signing or trade has brought us a player that will be in his peak prime in 2014 or 2015.
While I am happy we were able to dump CC and Punto and to some extent Beckett, losing AGon hurt. His contract looks like a real bargain in today's FA market.
Here is what we gave up:
$3.9M paid to the Dodgers over the next 3 years ($11.7M total).
2014: $57M (no Punto)
2015: $41M (no Beckett)
2018: $21M (No CC)
($262M/14 combined years and the $11.7M paid to Dodgers)
Only the CC deal was a contract over 3 years and not worth keeping. To me, the Beckett contract is about equal to the Dempster deal.