In response to Critter23's comment:
OK, I'm sticking with my own neanderthal plan--add one stud pitcher and position player to the best we had, Pedey, Papi, etc., mix in the young guys when they're ready, and try to improve as much as possible in 2013. Please tell me why Anibal Sanchez at 5 X 15 or McCarthy at 2 X 13, both young and tested, wouldn't have been better than Dempster? (I don't see how he's going to improve our rotation getting twelve wins in the #5--Didn't Doobie do that last year?) Not just better now but part of the future. Also, I don't agree because the market's weak, there's not much out there. Other teams are making some good moves. OK, now that the Angel's have Hamilton, there's some talk they might want to trade Trumbo. I think we should already have been and should now be going hard after someone like him. I know this plan would have meant some loss in the minors, but don't we have about three third basemen and three catchers stacked up? As well as Ells and maybe one of our best minor league pitchers?
I have always supported BC but I think this present course is very unimaginative and amounts to "watering the flowers and waiting for them to grow." Waiting for the young guys is fine if you're in Pittsburgh or KC, but didn't we just lop about 250 million from the payroll? I think a couple of judicious big contracts for young guys would be fine. I keep thinking "This can't be it!" What we're doing will make us better than last year (what wouldn't?) but will not move us to serious post season play IMO.
Sanchez wanted to stay in detroit. Not sure we could count on McCarthy since hes never pitched a lot of innings in a year. Not a good year for pitchers IMO. Dempster at 2 years could work as a 4-5 until RDLR, Workman, Barnes, WEbster are ready. He can give us 200 IP, a good GB rate which will work for Fenway, and as long as we can get 180 IP, 12 wins and an era below 4.50, Im ok..