Re: BC Speaks
posted at 11/19/2011 2:12 AM EST
In Response to Re: BC Speaks
[QUOTE]If people think Theo would have signed Paps and spent like a maniac again, they are sorely mistaken. katz is right, after the signing of CC and the extension of AGon, thre writing was on the wall. I've been trying to make the point about a limited budget since the CC signing. Most people on my "Papi of Paps" thread thooght both would be back and we'd sign 1 or 2 other big name FAs. It's not happening guys. My "where do we go light" thread was ridiculed by some. Now, it appears a thread should be started asking at what single position of need will we NOT go light.
Posted by moonslav59[/QUOTE]
You've come right to the point.
The infield is settled. Left and center are settled. Catcher is settled, save perhaps for a veteran backup to replace Varitek.
That leaves RF and pitching. Odds are that the Sox will allow Kalish and Reddick to compete for the RF job, or, in effect write both of them off and sign either Beltran or Cuddyer, neither of whom will sign to platoon. The FA pitching class is not yummy, or, in a couple of cases, probably demanding of bigger contracts than Boston is likely to offer. Maybe Cherington scratches around hoping to get as lucky as did the Yanks with Garcia and Colon. All of this points to the possibility of a new contract of some kind for Bedard, with fingers crossed that his arm doesn't fall off before July.
No question that the CC, AGon, and, yes, Beckett contracts have severely limited Boston's financial maneuverability. ( Leave Lackey aside for the moment. ) One assumes that Gonzalez will give the club its money's worth, but, almost by definition, CC won't even if he gets back to career norms; and Beckett's history suggests that we won't know which Beckett will show up until it does.
Of course, there remains the possibility of a Big Trade involving, say, Youk or Ellsbury but probably not Youk until the business with Ortiz is resolved and not Ellsbury unless top-tier pitching comes to Boston.
In short, it will not be a big surprise if the Sox come close to standing pat. My hunch is that the club will not spend money on a closer but will give Bard a shot, his late meltdown notwithstanding.