Re: Josh Hamilton
posted at 12/5/2012 11:36 PM EST
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to TitleTown11's comment:
I look at this differently than the Crawford signing. Yes, I won't deny I was excited, but many agreed that it seemed like risky business giving a 30+ lefty speedster $20M for 7 years - myself included. To boot that his defensive intangibles seemed mitigated by the small left field in Boston. People all over the city claimed it was a better idea to give big contracts to sluggers and aces. Well now we have an opportunity to add a bonafide slugger on a short term deal for that same price (or thereabouts). Napoli is already in town to provide him with some comfort level, but the risk is much lower given that he will only yield a 4 year deal and Texas seems more interested in Upton/Greinke. No one else can pay him like the Sox. I truly see it as a competition between Texas and Boston and with Texas back turned at the moment as they pursue other avenues of team building - the Sox should strike and bring him in on a 4 year deal at a higher salary than what Texas will spend. At that point, the lineup is basically complete pending trades of catchers or Ellsbury and then Cherington can turn to pitching upgrades. Pedroia-Hamilton-Napoli-Ortiz-Middlebrooks for the 2-6 sounds dam* good to me.
I disagree. I remember myself, softy, and maybe 2-3 other posters agsinst the CC signing. Some said he was overpaid, but "loved the signing anyway".
Not many are saying they love the Vic signing, so it is different than CC.
I can understand the Naps deal, but the Vic signing was foolish. We could have gotten Pagan instead, or signed 2 pitchers and traded Doubront for a cheaper and better OF'er.
I don't just come to BDC forums to hear opinions...many "experts", radio hosts, and other bloggers lamented the signing in addition to you and softy.
As for my last post - I was comparing signing Hamilton to signing Crawford. That is what I was advocating. Hamilton, a slugger, can be had for short years and high dollars - whereas the Sox previously committed long years and high dollars to Crawford which seemed like an odd fit. Hamilton would fit here perfectly as our left fielder and middle of the lineup hitter for the next 4 years. I didn't even bring up Victorino. But yeah - I don't think it was a great signing either for the length and terms, but it isn't awful either. I'm willing to let it play out before passing judgement.