If the Sox didnt spend any $$ and traded away all their prospects, that would go against everything They said they were going to do. If they went on the cheap, it wouldve got even more nasty than it usually gets.
I think the analogy is pretty accurate on that post from Hill. I also believe BC knew this and already had a plan before the season ended, with the big trade being the start of the process. Ben knew who he was going to target for FA, making a quick move to get Ross and Gomes. He just waited until the market set itself for the other guys he wanted who were higher on the FA list.
The Sox are counting on core guys like Papi, Pedey, Ellsbury, Middlebrooks, Buch and lester to be the ones that lead this team. DR, SV, JG, MN (maybe?) were brought in as complimentary guys and help change the clubhouse vibe. They werent just looking for production, they wanted a good fit and attitude just as much. Giving up prospects for anything other than a top return wasnt going to happen. FA cost more than some would like, but its not hurting the team, now or for the teams future.
Im still waiting for ST to start playing ballgames together as a team and how Farrell, now as the Manager, can help this team and certain players. Can Lester and Buch, who are both in ther early prime, get things right and the other "core guys" play to their potential? Will injuries hamper this team yet again? Will the new additions gel good and play to their norms? That will ultimately give us the answer to whether all these transactions this off season were the right ones for what they wanted to accomplish long term.
I question a couple moves, but try and understand it from where their standing. A players salary matters a little. I obviously dont ever want them to give 20M per for 7 years to a punch and judy hitter again. But I also dont mind what theyre doing, which is a bit of an over pay for less years. We still have a lot of $$ to sign a couple more players, so its fine as far as Im concerned.
If a couple of these prospects work out then I expect more FA moves for complimentary guys like these ones more often. You may not like the prices or think is a good "value and fit", but thats the name of the FA game and prices are only going up.