Re: Bad decisions this year dictate trade next year
posted at 7/1/2014 11:58 PM EDT
1) Not outbidding the Yanks to keep Ellsbury was a good decision.
2) The benching of Salty during the WS burned the bridge. I doubt he would have come back here, even if we outbid the Marlins. I can't really count this as a "bad decision this year".
3) Extending Napoli & Papi: probably good decisions, but in hindsight, maybe signing Abreu or Cruz would have been better.
4) Signing Mujica (which I called for beforehand) was a bad decision.
5) Signing Sizemore: bad, but low risk- little lost.
6) Signing Badenhop & Capuano: good decisions.
I don't blame Ben for nearly every position player under performing all at once, and I had hoped he'd add a big bat this past winter, but the cost and risk of the big names were not too enticing at the time.
It's easy to look back now and say, Ben should have signed Cruz and Abreu, instead of Napoli, Sizemore, Mujica, and Pierzynski, but not many posters here can say they supported that plan back then.
Ultimately, and perhaps unfairly, GMs are judged in hindsight, but many of the posters here who bashed Ben before last seasons World Series run, may not have given Ben that same "hindsight" judgement that they are giving him now. "We got lucky" last year, some may say or think, but they are not willing to say we "got unlucky" this year.
Certainly, if blame does need to be assigned, Ben should get his fair share for this year's results, but under the circumstances, I think all of his moves and non moves can be justified. I can just imagine all the threads started to bash Ben had he signed Cruz or Abreu and they fizzled out.