Re: Do The Sox Really Need a RH Bat?
posted at 8/15/2011 3:57 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Do The Sox Really Need a RH Bat?
In Response to Re: Do The Sox Really Need a RH Bat? : hey aussie, do you think that this crawford signing will be the one that finally gets ARROGANT THEO fired after so many bad, expensive FA signings? or am i just getting my hopes up?
Posted by -theyazzer-
Sorry theyazzer, they won't be firing Theo. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Fenway has been full to capacity for almost 9 years now. As long as that continues , Epstein has an unlimited supply of cash to speculate with. I don't see that changing . The Sox have an exciting team to watch, some great players, so Theo will dodge the bullet for now.
However, when it comes time to sign Ellsbury, his agent Boras, knows very well what Crawford got, and will want the same. can they afford it? Will they pay it? The only thing that will be Theo's undoing, are the benchmark contracts he sets.
Paying Crawford that much for seven years, is mind blowing. he has locked up left field for 7 years. So now where are the outfield prospects going to play? Right field that's about it, you'll never see Crawford in right , with his arm. The other spot is center if Jacoby walks. If he walks that will be inadvertently because of the Crawford deal. Theo has painted himself into a corner on this deal, Crawford better come good.
The fact that Crawford, is having a bad year, is not the major issue. The major issue is the precedent, money and length of contract wise, this deal sets on future development of players in the system , and the signing of free agents.
The deal blocks the pipeline for prospects and raises the bar for future free agents.