Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part II
posted at 6/30/2014 5:27 PM EDT
In response to Flapjack07's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I listened to an article on Fox today regarding Lester and the Sox. It suggests the Sox want to resume negotiations and Jon doesn't want to appear Greedy but neither side is anywhere close in terms of salary expectations. I think it would be a huge loss for the Sox and our staff if they don't sign him. Jon has had his ups and downs but has pretty much been lights out in the PS most of the time and in my opinion still our best pitcher.
If the $70M/5 year reported offer is for real, it was a slap in the face of Lester, in my opinion. It also shows we must be far far away from reaching an agreement.
I want Lester back and have suggested we offer something like $100M/5, but if we are indeed far away from reaching a deal, I feel we can get way more value through trade than waiting for a draft pick next spring.
Lester could bring us a top prospect or two via trade. That's a lot more value
Agree completely. I think we're approaching the endgame for the Lester situation, one way or the other...I'm all for retaining him if it can be done at a reasonable rate, but if that's not going to happen (and I think the FO knows or will know very soon if that's the case), it's time to start thinking about fleecing some contending team out of some good prospects.
It should be a very interesting 30 days or so.
At some point our FO needs to pay proven talent close what their value may be without expecting a huge home town discount. Lester is not one of our players I want to see follow Jacoby to NY. I think it would be a huge mistake to lose Jon with the state our team is in and no real proven pitcher to step in. Our offensive is bad enough without losing our most durable pitcher. Jon has given us an average of 200 IP for 7 straight years if he does it again this season. He also has a career 1.30 WHIP and only 1.04 in the PS to go along with a 2.11 ERA. At least offer Jon close to what some of the top pitchers in the league make instead of slapping him in the face. If he refuses then we know he just wants the most he can get like Jacoby and others. There is smart business and just plain disrespect.
How many draft picks does this team need at expense of our best talent and how many of these picks have actually impacted our club in the past few years?