Re: ESPN's Jason Martinez:
posted at 10/29/2012 8:39 PM EDT
In response to TrotterNixon's comment:
I pointed out that their aged players held more important roles to their success than our aged players. I also said that I did not agree with those who claimed that the Yanks would not keep spending to replace or cover for declining players. Keeping Sabathia in the fold was a huge move by the Yanks. Picking up Soriano to "cover for" the aging Mo was expensive but worthwhile. I can imagine if we had signed Soriano to that amount of cash to be Papelbon's back-up and eventual replacement. You'd have crucified Theo, yet you praise Brian
Their aged players and "more important roles" show just how how of touch you are. The Yankees have much better middle management than the Red Sox, which isn't hard to do. The 25 and 40 man roster have to be constructed with the polar star of understanding that no role is "more important" and all roles must be defined and fitted with skill.
The Yankees overcame injuries to Pettite, A-Rod et al, due to management's better understanding of of the profile and fit roles that Ibanez, Jones and Chavez filled.
CC was a first rate young pitcher, and one of the rare ones.
Yankee management new that Mo was till producing at a high level but could go at any time. Offering market base 11.66 for Soriano for relief duty at age 32, 33 and 34 was a fit and value for the Yankees. InEpstein goes out and pays base 6 for washed up Jenks. Pappelbon market base of 12.5 for 4 years for age 31, 32, 33 and 34 was not a value for the Red Sox. The market provided better pen value and fit for the Red Sox over Pepelbon, and will continue to provide better value than Papelbon.
Mo's pitching talents are more art than velocity. As a pen profile, it made total sense to keep resigning him to short term contracts until he breaks down and retires. Papelbon was not in that class, nor was he old enough to where the Red Sox needed to sign a stand-by replacement.
When you compare the competence of Cashman v. Inesptein and Cherry, it's not even close and the proof is in the "win the division nearly every season" pudding. Both are big market teams, with the Yankees doing a much better job with their revenue/payroll value and fit than the Red Sox. That should be obvious to even the most dim witted.
Wow. It's hard to think that you could keep getting more and more absurd, but somehow you keep finding new ways.