Re: A Realistic Look At 2013: Part I
posted at 12/13/2012 10:31 PM EST
In response to 808soxfan's comment:
Great! We have a farm system! And in 3-4-5 years, our "farmers" will be playing those of other teams in 3-4-5 years, when suddenly we will discover that our prospects are about as good as everyone else's prospects.
Hmmm.... I see a trend here...
I firmly believe that we have to trade some of the "farm" to get good, young player(s) that have already proven themselves. I do not see any evidence of that yet.
Teams are asking for the moon in any trade for top talent. The Sox shouldnt sell the farm for guys like Upton etc..
We build the farm up so we can have consistant home grown talent flowing up. The FA contracts will get even more ridiculous over the next few years and the best way to go will be home grown talent with a couple FA for fillers.
If you expected them to be a ws champion this year, you were fooling yourself. Sure, anything can and probably will happen in MLB. But It was going to take more than 1 year to rebuild this team. MN, SV, DR, RD and JG are all fillers for a couple years while our own talent arrives. This years FA class was nothing special anyway.
I think because of the end of 2011 and 2012 people think our pitching is terrible and thats just not true. Lester has been one of the best ALE and MLB pitchers from 2008-2011. With 3 pitching coaches in 2 years along with picking up some bad habits from beckett its no wonder the pitching has gone downhill. That doesnt mean hes finished like some here think.
Buch looked great last year and Dooubie started, hit a wall, then finished strong. Lackey will prob start out rough but could finish strong. And Im hoping Dempester (although I dont like the signing) can at least keep us in the games. John Farrell should be a calming, stable presence for these guys and I believe that will help them turn it around. I aslo think Bard will bounce back.
Weve always had a strong offense when were healthy, so Im not really worried about that.
Maybe Im overly optomistic, but in reality all this could very well happen. These guys are all capable of winning 15+ games. Now, I dont think all of it will happen but I believe most of it can and will.