Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part II
posted at 4/3/2014 4:54 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
I agree with Pedroia's game analysis last night. In some ways that was one of the great performances of all time. What a sensational play at 2nd. Just getting to the ball #1, snagging it laid out like that takes Pedroia level hand ey coordination #2. No one gets off the dirt quicker than Pedroia and THEN gettin a strong throw off to the OPPOSITE direction of where he was going. Unbelievable. That might be his greatest play ever guys.
And he tops it off with 4 hits.
Now that Cano is out of NYC Pedroia might have a chnace to be the all star starter. Let's make it happen.
For the recod, both Moon and I wanted to make a run at Tanaka but not up to the 175 mil level he ended up costing. Of course he was a great guy to sign. Just not for what he ended up costing.
I'd still take Abreu at 6 years and $11 mil a year in his prime over Napoli at over $13 mil per year in his 30s for 3 years or whatever it is ( something like that). Nothing against Napoli. It's just that Abreu has the potential to put up Cabreara type numbers, or at least as close to humanly possible to such numbers. I think he is a 35 HR guy with a .280 average and .390 OBP type guy. Ortiz type numbers, cheap.
We will see how Kuroda turns out this year. My bet is that he is still solid. He should be another Lester/Lackey this year, and we could always use another stud pitcher.
If we signed Kuroda and Abreu instead of Mujica and AJP, we'd be over the luxury limit, have a weaker pen, and have Lava or Vazquez behind the plate.
The plan was to trade Peavy or Dempster and we wouldn't have needed Napoli's $16 mil per year contract if we had Abreu. Trading Peavy would save $14.5 mil. It would have cost us no additional picks ( we gain one from not signing Napoli and lose one with Kuroda ). Abreu definitely would save money compared to Napoli. It was about a wash financially.
To me Kuroda was a small upgrade plus the original intention was to trade Dempster. We still have 7-8 mil under the cap I think as it is, or enough for AJP anyway.
We could probably have traded Peavy and gotten a little back. He originally cost us Iglesias.
I don't think Mujica or AJP have anything to do with it.
I've thought about the Lavarnway situation. I'd like to have him but I don't think he is capable of starting for us. I actually like him as a back up guy replacing Ross though, and helping us out some at 1st & DH.
I thinkm things are looking up for Peavy but if I had to pick one on a 1 year deal I'd still take Kuroda. It's no big deal though. Originally it was all about upgrading the Dempster slot. Big difference.