Re: A Realistic Look At 2013: Part I
posted at 12/14/2012 8:46 AM EST
I can guarentee this team will be better to watch than the 2012 version. And more likable as well. We got some good quality players (not "superstars") and all on our terms. 2 and 3 yr deals. We had to pay a bit more to do that, but thats the name of the game.
I understand some doubt Moon, we all have some. But like Salty, I think your opinion will change a bit about this team. They still have the prospects in tact and have not signed anyone that will block any potential prospect. Its a much better attitude with Farrell and the leadership qualities the new signings bring.
Im not completely thrilled, but this is what they said all along they were going to do.
None of these signing really help us in 2014 and beyond.
they did exactly what you wanted moon. you said you wanted a competitive team on the field but also look towards the future. we have a competitive team given the history of our existing talent and the addition of these new FAs. we lost 0 draft picks and top prospects to make it happen.
(See above) This was my first priority on any signing we make.
Dempster is not going to get better in 2014.
SV is a platoon player who will be playing 60%+ of his games vs the wrong handed pitcher into 2015 as he too ages past prime.
Gomes is another platoon player that may help in the short term, not block anyone important, and not eat up much salary space, but I don't see his signing as particualrly helpful to 2014 either.
Napoli, if indeed he will be signed, does fill a need, allows us flex to use papi at 1B in NL parks as Naps slides to catch, but his inconsistencies, poor catching/game-calling skills, and lack of any record of playing a full season is very concerning, especially as he ages past his prime range for 2014-2015.
D. Ross and Uehara were decent signings as bridge players that provide depth at key positions.
Faced with viewing the totality of all the moves made so far, I'd have rather chosen plan B:
1) Trade every player that would be a FA after 2013 for as much as we can get in terms of players under team control for 3+ years or prospects.
2) Trade every player we do not plan on extending that has a contract that expires after 2014.
3) Offer Papi the one year deal that nets us a draft pick, and we'd almost certainly have lost him and had a sandwich pick in 2013.
4) Sign only younger FAs like B McCarthy, Pagan and a precious few others.
5) Maybe pick up some younger players at the trade deadline, as teams that are desperate to improve overpay in high potential players.
I recognize we are a better team than before the signings, but since I still see us as an under 1% chance to win it all, I think plan B was the better option.
On the other hand, if we were going to spend almost $50M a year in FA signings, as we just did, then I'd have rather gone with plan C, which was:
1) Sign Hamilton, Greinke or A sanchez, and Napoli.
2) Stay just under the luxury tax cap.
3) Keep Ellsbury and get the draft pick.
4) Have a top 4 or 5 chance to win in 2013, and still have some decent, but aging, players going into 2014 and beyond.
5) Fill in the bench with in-house or min wage players (Lava, Nava, Kalish, Linares, de la Rosa...)