Obviously you're referring to me, and just because I try to explain to you why a certain player isn't an option, it doesn't mean it can't be debated. Case in point, Brandon McCarthy. You literally posted 100 times how the Sox should sign him, when it was clear there was no mutual interest.
1) We are not sure if BM was interested in us or not.
2) You may be right that we were never interested in him, but that is what I mean about you thinking that should end the debate.
My position was that we should have been interested, because I obviously liked BM more than Ben did. That was the crux of the debate. You feel like since Ben was never interested 9assuming he wasn't), me going on and on about why I felt we should have made an offer is useless.
The Sox seem to be right on him, as he has been pretty brutal.
He and a few others I mentioned have been worse than brutal. The main point about BM was that I felt we could have gotten him for 3-4 years at the same cost as Dempster for 2. And, I was basically writing off this year's chances.
You never even acknowledged that the line drive to the face and subsequent surgery was even a concern, but it definitely was. Also, he told his agent he wanted to stay out west and the Sox aren't going to overpay for guys who would rather be somewhere else anymore. A lesson they clearly learned with Crawford & Gonzalez.
Crawford chose to sign here, so I'm not sure his example fits, but I get your point.
I have never pretended to be an expert, but I do feel most of the players I have suggested we try and acquire have gone on to play well. I have been very supportive of many moves by our past GMs. I defended Dan D more than maybe anyone here. I was never part of the dump Theo brigade, although I was more and more critical of his moves after the Nomar deal.
I have said many times that Ben deserves a chance to let his plan play out, and so far, it has looked very good.
I have had and will continue to have no problem admitting when I was wrong.