Re: It's early but it appears the wheels on the bus might be in for a rotation...
posted at 4/10/2014 2:00 PM EDT
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
overpaid for ells?
overpaid for mccann?
Do you want specifics? Okay. Yes, I would have " overpaid " for one of those guys.
And so far, you'd have been wrong.
McCann is hitting .152 with -0- HRs to replace our catcher who is hitting .360.
And Ellsbury is hitting .364 to replace our CF who is hitting .400.
So we'd have a worse team, and have locked ourselves into another $40,000,000/year in salaries for the foreseeable future.
5 minutes in charge and you've destroyed our team with unnecessary spending.
1- What about Tanaka? 2- Why would it destroy our team? 3- If you criticize others for citing small sample sizes, don't cite them yourself. 4- It's all about business. Not only the player's stats. Last year the Yankees had many empty seats. Falling TV ratings. Losing revenue. Making the post season is worth plenty. Who is to say who is overpaid? Everything in baseball is inflated. Every team wants to make a profit. Steinbrenner is not in business to lose money. If John Henry feels that he has reached his spending limit, so be it. But I have to laugh at you guys always worrying about the spending and who is worth it. This is big business. 5- If you think having players like Tanaka, Ellsbury, McCann, Choo, Cano and Beltran would " destroy the team " , there is not much sense in me talking to you. All I hear is " give us specifics ." When you get some specifics, you try to discredit all of them. So okay, you are right. The off season was a great success. We did nothing to improve, but at least we didn't destroy the team with spending.
I laugh at posters like you who equate spending and payroll with quality. How did having high-priced talent work out in 2011 and 2012.
I laugh at posters like you who think because the Sox didn’t sign a high-priced free agent, it means they didn’t improve.
And when you’re coming off a 97-win season and a World Series title, it’s not like there are obvious places where you can improve.
We’ll see what happens in CF. When you have a player like Ellsbury in CF, it’s hard to improve that position. But just because they didn’t bring him back, it doesn’t mean they didn’t get worse at that position. Who knows, by the end of the season, it could be a wash. In the short run, maybe there's a slight drop off but in the long run it could end up being an improvement. Running a team is always about balancing the short-term with the long term.
While I was a defender of Drew last year, I wanted to go with Bogaerts this year. He might not be as good defensively, but the overall offensive/defensive combination could mean SS is improved.
We’ll see what happens at 3B when Middlebrooks gets back, but if he plays up to his potential, 3B could be improved.
A.J. is better behind the plate and at least as good offensively as Salty, so catcher could be improved.
If Sizemore ends up in LF with Bradley in CF, who knows, maybe LF is improved.
With the struggles that the Sox had last year in the bullpen, the bullpen could end up being improved this year.
You mention Tanaka. The Sox had no starting pitching needs. They have a strong rotation returning and talented prospects. There is no guarantee that the prospects will succeed, just like there is not guarantee about Tanaka. At some point, teams do make a decision on how to allocate resources and considering what the Sox have coming up, it made no sense to go after Tanaka.
(Oh, and you mentioned Beltran — the same guy who is batting .185 right now).
You’re entire premise that the Sox didn’t improve is based the simple-minded analysis that the Sox didn’t dole out some big free-agent contract. And your analysis is coming off a year in which the Sox’s strategy won them a World Series, which makes it even more of a head-scratcher.
When all is said and done, I see a number of places where the Sox could be improved from last year.