Re: if the SOX are eliminated early in the playoffs.....
posted at 8/16/2011 5:29 PM EDT
In Response to Re: if the SOX are eliminated early in the playoffs.....
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: if the SOX are eliminated early in the playoffs..... : actually, i'm getting myself prepared for the disappointment that will befall the SOX in OCTOBER. it is not as good a team as most on this board think it is; so be ready for a fall. i blame THEO for what will happen because of another one of his terrible free agent signings. that extra 140 million could have made this SOX team a great team. and this isn't second guessing; i knew back when the deal was consumated with jd crawford that it was a tragedy. he's a small market guy who will never perform well in a big market. it happens. theo was too dumb to notice. so when the SOX are eliminated early, as they will be, the ax should fall on theo's neck.
Posted by -theyazzer-[/QUOTE]As far as the Crawford signing goes, I never got it BUT the answer wasn't going to be to spend that money elsewhere in 2011 IMO.
The RS were never going to be a player on Cliff Lee, if that avenue was open, he would have landed in NY because if the highest bidder was going to win out, that bidder was always going to the NYY. There wasn't another starting pitcher worthy of signing last winter.
And once Werth was paid more than he was worth, aside from Crawford there wasn't a OF worth making a long term commitment to.
So the answer would have been a "Bridge Year Part II".
What we will never know is if there was a tremendous amount of pressure from the ownership group to make a splash signing to bookend Adrian Gonzalez. NESN had faced consecutive years of falling ratings and this franchise first and foremost is the lead programming property for a cable network.
Yes the RS do have issues in their starting pitching staff and those may haunt them come October if Bedard doesn't pitch like Bedard can and Lackey doesn't continue to improve. But while it is easy to point out how CC has not earned his paycheck in his first year in Boston, the production of their LF hasn't had and probably won't have a great deal of impact on their post season fate. And IMO if you take a hard look at the 2010 FA market, if that contract is dead money it isn't 2011 that it will impact, it will be in the future that this contract will become a choke collar IMHO.