Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part II
posted at 7/2/2014 9:37 AM EDT
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
At some point our FO needs to pay proven talent close what their value may be without expecting a huge home town discount.
I get your point, but so far there have not been many departing Sox free agent that (at the time) I would have paid what they got and given the years they got. Not Ellsbury. Not Damon. Not Pedro.
I like Salty at his contract, but I think the bridge was burned when he was benched in the WS.
I would have liked to have seen Beltre back, but the years were long. In hindsight, maybe that was one to keep.
I did not want to pay VMart a lot, but thought the Detroit deal was not outrageous. At the time, I mentioned I'd have offered a little more, but I'm not upset we lost him at that money, since I saw him as a 1Bman/DH not a catcher going forward, and we already had 1B & DH covered.
I want to keep Lester. I'd seriously think about "overpaying" for him. We can't replace what he gives us easily, and we certainly can't afford to take a step back when we need to be looking to step forward. I'd offer Lester close to $102/5 with a 6th year option at $15M with a $3M buyout, so essentially it would be a $105M/5 or $117M/6 deal.
If he choose to say no, we have to get better than a draft choice, even if it means packing up our 2014 chances by trading him this July.
It is decision time for Lester and the Sox.
I completely agree moon, when you have a guy "only one really" that comes out every year and gives you 200 quality innings and is lights out in the PS you can't afford to lose him especially to a divisional rival. Jon could be a difference maker to one of our rivals and another devastating loss to our club. We have too many decisions to make offensively and defensively and with few arms "if any" ready to step in it's not worth the risk. Sign Jon first, it won't kill us financially then begin to fix the offense with a big trade that brings us a Stanton type long term fixture.
I'd probably offer a little more than my suggested offer, if that's what it would take to keep Jon here. Maybe add a 7th year.
We'd have to sign Scherzer just to get back on track. How much will that take out of our winter spending budget?
I certainly want Lester back, but my big emphasis at this point in the season is that we have to plan on getting the most we can for him, if we are not going to keep him. Getting just a draft pick for losing Lester would just about kill our hopes. If we got 2 or 3 very good prospects or 2 top prospects for Lester, we could then afford to package multiple prospects for someone like Stanton without sacrificing the future. We'll have enough budget space to make a good stab at replacing Lester, and maybe we come up a bit short there, but make up the difference when replacing Peavy.