Re: Crawford Signing Has Ruined Red Sox
posted at 4/19/2012 6:15 AM EDT
In Response to Crawford Signing Has Ruined Red Sox
[QUOTE] Rangers 18, Sox 3...with the Sox' best pitcher going, and at home. It's really a shame. Just five years ago, the Sox won their second world championship, and appeared to have a bright future. They had a plan. They had adopted the "money ball" philosophy, and were acquiring players at every position who had high on base percentages. They had also successfully rebuilt their minor league system...and were producing some good young players. But then, for some reason, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, changed course. His signing of Carl Crawford...a guy with a lousy career on base percentage, who didn't hit for power...to a 7 year, $142mil. dollar deal, set this team into it's current tailspin. Crawford has great speed, and is, or was, an excellent defensive OF. But, because he doesn't draw walks and doesn't hit over .300, he hardly gets on base...where he can put his speed to use. Because he doesn't get on base, he's incapable of becoming a good one or two hole hitter. Because he hits left-handed, batting him second behind Jacoby Ellsbury and in front of Adrian Gonzalez makes the Red Sox line-up too lefty-top heavy, and prone to left-handed pitching. Crawford is also incapable of batting 5th or 6th in the line-up, because he doesn't hit for power, and is not a good rbi man. Accordingly, he was set up to hit in the no-mans' land position of 7th. So...the Sox are paying this guy a long term, $20mil. per year deal, to bat 7th??? They're paying a guy $20mil. per season who doesn't hit for power, consistently drive in runs, and doesn't get on base? Compare and contrast this with their last $20mil. per year player (before Gonzalez), Manny Ramirez. The signing of Carl Crawford has destroyed the teams' salary structure, and is unquestionably the worst contract in baseball. His bloated contract acts as a millstone around the neck of management, who are now hamstrung from bringing in what this team really needs...a righthanded power hitting OF and run producer, capable of batting cleanup. Such a hitter would anchor the current Sox' batting order. Without such a hitter, their order seems out of kilter.
Posted by TexasPat[/QUOTE]
Ells will be gone Crawford in center field batting leadoff....Bit..ch and moan all you want.