Re: Ben and Company totally wrong on Scutaro
posted at 10/29/2012 2:42 PM EDT
In response to georom4's comment:
he was wrong about scutaro, wrong about melancon, wrong about paps/bailey, wrong about theo compensation, wrong about beckett, wrong about reddick, wrong about the rotation...but oh yea right on ross after he let reddick go....
ben is the gw bush of GMs..everything he touches turns to chit...
farrell....hmmm i wonder....
What was wrong about Pap/Bailey? Regardless of Bailey's injury and injury history, they werent re-signing Papelbon because the years were too long and the money too steep for a closer at his age. This matter cannot be proved wrong until we see how Papelbon fares in teh coming years. And, again, if they werent already saddled with albatross contracts, they may have been willing to potentially lose a little value on the backend of Papelbon's contract. But, they weren't in any position to take on any more deadweight long term.
And, AGAIN, nothing 'wrong' about the Scutaro dealing. They had to shed payroll. There was no room at 2B and 2 potential options at SS that, over the long haul, were ballpark production to what Scutaro offered and much cheaper. Yes, he is a gamer. Yes, he had a great post-season. Good for him. But it wasnt matter of right or wrong here. JUst a matter of necessary sacrifice.
Wrong about Beckett? How? To not move him when there was no move to be made? What was he supposed to do with him?
I will grant you he was absolutely wrong about the rotation. There were a number of guys like Kuroda, Peavey, all for the taking for short deals/reasonable cost. And he stood pat. Which was a mistake.
Wrong about melancon? Sure. What a disaster. But, it was an interesting gamble. Didn't work out ... yet.
I don't know man. Sure, we can criticize Cherrington year 1. But, I think your hard on to blast him is ignoring what you yourself knew and shouted to the high heavens was the elephant in the room: the "fat cat" contracts were sinking the SS Red Sox.
He had no room to maneuver except to cut bait. Now he has room to maneuver. We shall see what is what. But seriously, by refusing to put anything he has done in perspective, your criticisms are lightweight.
I am not suggesting that Ben is a competent GM. I do not know yet. I do know he managed to redirect the Titanic. I do know that he did not take on any unecessary weight. And that, given the circumstances, certainly has bought him some time to prove himself.