Re: Are the Sox contracts REALLY that bad???
posted at 1/8/2013 12:34 PM EST
In response to SpacemanEephus's comment:
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to Kingface12's comment:
Our big signings have been Dempster, Victorino, Napoli and Drew. Drew for 9.5 million$ and the other for about 13 million per.
Look at these contracts:
Greinke $147 Mil
Guthrie $25 over 3 years
Hamilton 125 Mil
Haren 13 mil over 1
Hunter 26 over 2
Jackson 52 over 4
Kuroda 15 over 1
Berkman 10 over 1
Petitte 12 over 1
Ross 26 over 3
Sanchez 80 over 5
Scutoro 20 over 3
Youk 12 over 1
I mean REALLY think about it. Yes, we paid a HECK of a lot of money for what we got but which contract above is any better then the ones the Sox gave out?? I would venture NONE of them. In fact I think we have better players for better money. Yes..our players have question marks but name ONE PLAYER on that list that doesn not have as many question marks... really think it's time to stop complaining about the money BC signed these players at and actually look at the facts. The Market is such that teams have to overpay no matter what. That's what we did...that's what all teams did. I would take our players at their current signed contracts over ANY of the deals above. Agree or disagree?
I would rather have seen Kalish or Bradley playing OF than Victorino for three years. In three years its possible we could compete again for a ring and Victorino will still be here like week old fish.
The good thing about hiring Victorino at 13 per over three, is that these options are not mutually exclusive. Its not a big hit if Shane is riding pine in two years. In the meantime, we don't know if Kalish can play or not. If he is ready, he can platoon with Victorino. As far as bradly, he is, at the very least, a year away.
I think the OP speaks to this issue. The salary looks glossy, so the illusion is that Victorino was brought in to be the big time starter over his contract. But, he is just a glorified platoon player. Many have dismnissed him as such here since he signed. But, it is true. And the front office knew this when they signed him.
He is a place holder. An expensive placeholder. but a placeholder nonetheless.
And a necessary one. Many people have lovely notions about Kalish and Bradley. But, both are far from good bets at the moment.
In addition, if we had signed a one- or two-year player to plug in RF, I doubt it would have been someone who would have pleased all the fans. The Gomes and Drew signings got a backlash as well, even though they were shorter-term. The most attractive players just aren't getting one or two years right now, but some people aren't satisfied with anything less.