In response to parhunter55's comment:
In response to FenwayJimmy's comment:
Cashman has been told to stay under the cap when the new CBA kicks in. End of story.
And let's hope he does.
I want to see the Sox get back to an OF with good range, great arms, great OBP, and good power. Not sure that is achievable all in one off-season, but the FO needs to set that as a goal and continue working on it until it is done. Unfortunately, I am not aware that there is such a realization with the FO. Reddick would have been a good fit, based on those criteria. Oh, and forget the SB thing. It was a nice dimension in 2004, and very important in the one game when Roberts stole 2nd (as a PH), but what made Damon so great as a leadoff hitter was his ability to get on base, not steal 2nd.
I understand what you're saying, but Reddick's OBP was pretty brutal (.305) & he whiffed 151 times. I'm not sure if there is anyone out there who didn't like that trade at the time, and I'm not so sure the Sox won't benefit from it when it is all said and done.
An outfield with "one" good arm is pretty rare these days, possibly because kids just don't throw enough anymore to build up their arm strength. I'm a big believer in defense and the Sox have had some pretty brutal defensive outfielders over the last few years, but hopefully it will change soon enough. They can hide a bad defender in left, especially when they have a centerfielder who covers a lot of ground, but they obviously need a good defensive outfielder in right, especially at Fenway.