Re: If 2013 proves to be a failure......
posted at 1/6/2013 4:30 AM EST
Who cares what Dempster won't do for us in 2015? His contract expires after 2014 and his salary can be reinvested that winter. Why is it so unreasonable to think Napoli will produce as a 33-year old 1B in 2015?
The Dempster money could have been spent on a player that would be here in 2015.
The Naps money could have been spent on a player in his prime in 2015.
Yes, Naps and Victorino could be slightly helpful in 2015, but at $26M combined for that year? Come on! You and I both know we could do better for our future than those 2.
You throw out phrases like "lame argument" yet claim that "Ellsbury, Breslow, Salty, Bailey, Miller" have significant trade value. Three of them have one year of control left (two of whom definitely will not get a QO), two of them had terrible, injury-ruined seasons in 2012, one of them has been rubbish his entire career then had a few decent months out of the bullpen. If you think you can trade the likes of them to the 1940s St. Louis Browns for Junior Stevens & Ellis Kinder or the 1930s Philadelphia Athletics for Jimmy Foxx & Lefty Grove by all means put in a call to Ben Cherrington.
I ahve seen what 2 monht rental players get at the July deadline. I am certain Ellsbury and his attached draft pick would bring back significant prospects. Breslow, Salty and the 2 year controlled players bailey and Miller could bring us moderate to good prospects. Would all these prospects replace what we would have given up for B Anderson or Upton? I'd say no, but they'd lessen the impact on our farm, and we'd have a player entering his prime with us for 3 years.
Hey sonic....quit making sense. Moon's has officially joined the doom and bloomers club. Lost on him is that this club is much improved over last year and positioned to add impact players as early as this seasons trade deadline. Sorry Moon I have great respect for your knowledge of the game. however your post on almost every thread has been critical and written from a half empty perspective....lighten up and try to find some positives in what Ben's trying to accomplish...
I started a "positive thread", but I'm sorry if reality is getting in the way for you. Of course we will be better in 2013. I have never said or implied otherwise.
I have been critical but optimistic in the past, but last winter I said no more. I knew we needed another ace-type SP and probably a 3/4 slot RH'd batter to have a legitimate chance at a ring. I gave up the wishful thinking that Beckett, Lester, and Buch would all do something they'd never done before: all stay healthy and pitch well for the same season. I heard the same criticism from posters last spring.
Now, we don't even have Beckett for his odd year greatness, and you expect me to be more cheery than last winter? You are looking at an empty glass and calling it half full. I am looking at a quarter full glass and calling it a quarter full glass.