Re: Ben is an idiot GM
posted at 11/3/2012 12:26 PM EDT
In response to georom4's comment:
Can someone explain to me the logic of lowballing an icon like papi for a TWO YEAR contract? What is to be gained? 5 Million? Apparently to Ben that is the magic number that allowed him to justify letting Paplebon walk, trading marco for, and now papi....
Ben hires Farrell (who i am not happy about considering his record and history as Franconas coat checker) but he is the antiValentine - he brings good vibes to a team that needs him. I think thats important for at least next season...so what does he do with this new direction & goodwill? He squanders it on the Papi talks....even if he ends up signing him he has lost momentum/support of all the players...if the sox cant respect papi and value him, who do they value? Even worse, papi signs elsewhere....what is the message there to the fans and players? Papi was productive and very much in shape and motivated last yr. He was one of the few players to suck it up and support the manager (or at least not whine like a biotch).....im not one for rewarding past heroics, but Papi is asking for two years, not twenty....wake up gentle ben...
Now that Valetine is gone. Big Papi will be much happier with Farrell managing the club. Most of the players did not like playing under B.V.
For all the FA's you mention, i will agree except Napoli, Swisher and Greinke.
(1) Napoli would of been a good replacement for Ortiz cause Napoli can play 1st and catcher. Other positive he can also be a DH also with Salty being the starting catcher, with Lavarnway being in the mix. Sign Loney for 1st base and same thing Napoli can back up 1st base also. In review Napoli will be playing full time with three different positions and will be helpful for interleague gms with the natioinal league teams. ie pinch hitter and " yes injuries do happen". I would sign Napoli to a one year deal and take it from there.
(2) Swisher would also be a good signing for for Sox cause he can still avg. over 20 HR's and last season with the yanks he knock in 93 RBI's. He is a 1st basemen and also a RF. With Loney on 1st with Swisher or Napoli backing up that spot will keep Loney honest and wanting to keep his position. The outfield will be Ross Elsbury Swisher with Sweeney and if Kalish can show he is rehab from his injuries during spring training will be the other depth OF'er. Swisher would be a better signing now that Big Papi is signed and with Salty and Lavarnway being the 2 catchers.
(3) Greinke will be the most consistent pitcher for Boston. Put him in the second spot after Lester follow by Buch,Doubront and Lackey on the bottom giving time to rehab his Tommyjohn injury. After ten gms that Lackey pitched next season and if his arm is good condition then the sox starting rotation will be consistent and much better then last season.
Sign greinke to a 2 year deal id he is willing to do so if not then go out and see if jackson or saunders will sign a 2 year deal.
Finally, once farrell has his coaching staff assemble they can work on getting the key elements for the bullpen with Bailey, Breslow, Atchison, Morales, Padilla, Acevez and maybe give Bard and Melancon a one year shot. I am not familiar with the bullpen contracts but farrell will make the pitching roster much better this season then last.
Overall review the starting line can start as this:
Elsbury CF, Ped SS, Ross LF, Ortiz DH, Swisher RF/1B, Salty C, Middlebrooks 3B, Loney 1B, Inglesias SS and Ciriaco back up 3B,SS and 2B.
The only two new faces in the roster will be Swisher and Greinke. Why go out on a FA signing bender when really the sox don't need too.