Re: Jerry Sands and Rubby De La Rosa
posted at 8/25/2012 1:42 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Jerry Sands and Rubby De La Rosa
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Jerry Sands and Rubby De La Rosa : Based on his 1.5 WHIP at AA. What is it that you love about all this? Is there somebody you want the Sox to go after now? Payroll flexibility isn't going to take the mound or step up to the plate - what makes it exciting?
Posted by slomag[/QUOTE]
Thanks for making my point about Webster.
And I agree whole-heartedly about payroll flexibility not taking the mound or providing any game winning hits. Some here would have the Sox go right back out and spend on some big time free agents (someone said they have the chance to do spend that money over again, and do it right this time). Others, like moon, would be more fiscally responsible and try to buy up many cheaper options.
Haven't the Sox done all of that since 2007? The buy low pitchers (remember Smoltz and Penny instead of CC?)? The high priced FA busts are too numerous to name at this point. But AGon was not one of them, and I am not completely sold on the idea that Crawford was either. His wrist injury should have been known to the Sox (maybe if they spent more time looking at the medicals than prying into his private life!?!) and the elbow issue is bum luck, but Crawford looked to be the hitter this team expected to get once his wrist was healed. And that is not a bad bat to have in the lineup. Not worth 20 million, certainly, but better than anything the Sox will get for less this off-season.
My point is that neither way of spending the money is better than the other if done poorly or bad luck prevails. If you buy 5 decent guys for the price of two all-stars, you still only have a 25 man roster and you end up blocking some young guys from coming up and playing just as well in all likelihood. If you spend it all on pitching, you take your chances, just as so many teams have. Philly really wasted a lot. The Yankees wasted a lot and also got a lot (Burnett vs CC). Pitching is just too much of a crap shoot to expect large investments to pay long-term dividends. So the temptation ought to be not to spend that money at all.
The problem with that is that this team is still mediocre (certainly NOT better off offensively or defensively, and wait and see if the pitching is improved or not) after the salary dump. The only way to turn things around is to get good starting pitching. You do that by trade of your best prospects combined with immediate talent that is blocking the path of rookies you want to give the chance to. Crawford might fit that bill, but AGon does not. And the pitching the Sox got is questionable. Webster is not likely to contribute until 2014, if then. De LaRosa may not even stick in the rotation. Another 96 mph reliever. Well, we have a slew of those, and they are easy to obtain. Not much of a find there.
Hopefully the prospects just obtained can be flipped for a real impact starting pitcher. The Sox already have guys in their system who should rate higher on their depth chart than any of these 4 guys (and in some cases, it is several).