Re: GM just full of surprises
posted at 11/2/2012 11:38 AM EDT
In response to Alibiike's comment:
Cherington "would like to add a pitcher to the rotation". Really Ben? Did you think of that all by yourself? Let's see, we've lost Beckett, Dice-K, and Cook, maybe Ben thinks that one more pitcher gets us back to a 3 man rotation, and then Doubront and Morales can fill the back side.
I would almost bet my paycheck that the Sox get Liriano as the one pitcher they add. Since Ben is not willing to move any pitching prospects, trading for a #3 or better is not going to be easy. there are some good FA pitchers available. A. Sanchez would be my choice, but if the Tigers want to hang on to him, I bet we could Porcello without having to give away the farm. He's a heck of a lot better than Liriano and what, 5 years younger?
Beckett is the only guy who was actually in the regular rotation, not counting injury. Last time I checked the Sox had Lester, buchholz, Lackey and Doubront. So, again, your little smashing Ben fest is based on you not understanding the situation.
In some fantasy world, where there were lots of affordable, good pitchers on the market, sure, it would be great to grab a couple top guys. But, there aren't. There is only middle rotation guys at best and none of them are coming cheap. I like Sanchez too. Gotta see what the market is. I think Haren on his 1 year extension is fine too if the Angels pick it up and don't want the whole farm in return. I don't know. tough choices.
Ben does not have it easy. But one thing I am absolutely sure of. He knows the lay of the land and has infinitely more understanding of the market and the situation on the club than you do. Spare us your ridiculous lambasting of him.