In response to moonslav59's comment:
I never bought into all that clubhouse cancer talk, and besides beer in the clubhouse is abaseball tradition.
There is no evidence to say Sanchez would or would not have accepted $83M/5 from us. Also, trading prospects for solid starters got us Pedro, Schill, and Beckett and 2 rings. Never say never, but I do realize any trade would have been a gamble. (I still wish we had traded for Gio G last winter.)
1) This is all heresay.
2) I have said that I know we might not have gotten Sanchez, but that what bothers me most is that we seem to have not even tried very hard. If we had offered him $95M/6, and then Detroit countered with $100M/6, I wouldn't be here right now being so critical.
3) I saw no evidence to show that Ben really tried hard to get an ace-type starter. He may have tried, and we never heard of it, so I am not blasting Ben like many here are. I am just giving my opinion on what plans I think were better than what plan we ended up with.
A plan of mediocrity (IMO) is not "a plan".
I guess you can call Shane Victorino a 3 year plan, but I really don't see him as being much better than mediocre in 2014 & 2015. I realize that keeping the kids is part of the plan, and I don't necessarily disagree with that part of the plan.
There were some younger Free Agents available, and yes, a guy like B McCarthy was a serious risk having not pitched 200+ innings, but he was young and relatively cheap. I know the talk was that he wanted to stay out west, but I have to believe $23-25M/3 would have brought him to Boston. He might have been a bust, but at least it would have been an attempt to have players that are on the upswing going into 2014/2015 than clinging to the last years of their prime at best (and not that great to begin with).
As I said, my top plan was to build for the future not to go all out this year. I'd have been fine with not trading any prospects to work towards that goal, unless we could get a great young player with many years of control in return (I'm not talking Upton here), but this plan only makes sense if the rest of the plan matches up with it, namely the signing of over $50M worth of contracts for 2013 alone. I'm sorry, but I just don't see any of our signings as helping us that much in 2014, let alone 2015. The only argument I have heard is that they will all be gone when the kids are ready. That's not a "plan for the future". I've also heard hints that these guys aren't good enough to block any of our kids. I know you have not said this, but I have heard hints at this idea.
$53+M could have got us something of value going forward.
We do have a nice offensive team this year. I have never said otherwise. I never hinted that our offense was mediocre, but I will say that I liked our offense on paper last January more than this one, so I'm not all gah gah today. I still think we are a solid 3/4 profile away from being an elite offense, but the real fact remains is that we will need an elite offense to even have a chance at advancing to a ring due to our starting rotation issues.
We did not fill our two biggest needs, but we spent over $50M this year. I can't say it any simpler than that. We kept the kids, and I'm happy for that at least. But, to me, that's the only thing this winter that resembles a "plan for the future". Short term contracts will have to be replaced with more short term contracts. I wouldn't call that "plan for the future".
We agree more than it appears Moon. I think we need another top of the rotation starter and a middle of the order bat as well. These signings are going to keep the team competitive until a player who is more of a "sure thing" becomes a FA or one of our "kids" (Bogy?) fill the MOTO bat and one (Barnes/RDLR/Webster?) fills the TOTR spot.
I believe BC checked in on every available FA and a lot of trade proposals as well. We all heard the Sox name involved with just about every FA this year. Also read where BC fielded a lot of calls wanting Bogy in a trade, which he refused. Of course we cant be positive exactly what they did, but with what we do know I think its safe to assume he checked in on all the names you mentioned and then some.
Oh, and I never mentioned the beer drinking being something that rubbed off on Lester and Doubie. I could care less about that, as drinking beer goes on in just about every clubhouse. That whole thing was way overblown by the media IMO.
I was referring to Lester slowing things down a lot on the mound and challenging the umps amongst other things. Lester usually worked at a much quicker pace and never challenged the umpires. Doubie started challenging them too. Lester was picking up all Becketts bad habits. Lesters attitude was even resembling Beckett last year.
Buch and lester are very capable of 18 wins each. at 28 and 29 they are in their early prime and hardly in decline like some think. Farrell is going to have a very positive impact on this pitching staff. This year is going to be a big one for Lester in deciding whether they pick up the option, extend him, or allow him to hit FA.