Re: BurritoT's July forecast......
posted at 5/14/2013 9:57 AM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
If this team keeps having White Flag trades and giving up, it severely impacts their chances of retaining players like Pedroia and Lester, neither of whom is easily replaceable.
As it stands now, the only players on the 25 man roster under control beyond next season are Buchholz, Lackey, Doubront, Middlebrooks and Victorino.
Is THAT the foundation this team should be building around?
Good point on Lester's desire to extend, if we keep rebooting every year, but some of these guys are gone after this year anyways, so is trading them 2 months early really making a big difference to Lester and others thinking of extending or signing with us?
Others on the 25 man roster still under team control to at least 2015:
As to the "core" we have to build around, I think that was the biggest failure of this off season: we really didn't add anyone to the longer term core of this team that is on the upside of their career. Nothing helped us for 2015 and beyond.
They can still add to that core at the dealine and this offseason. Plus, maybe they wanted to see if we have internal options to build that "core" before we go waste tons of money on an outside option. That was part of what this year was for anyway. Thats why they went with more FA and kept the kids. Ben used a patient approach so he could see what he had instead of thinking he had to do it all in one offseason.