In response to moonslav59's comment:
Salty Better than most think he is. Thought we should have traded him or extended him.
Drew 100% against. Trade him as soon as he is eligible.
Lackey The minimum wage season brings his cost down. Won't get return. Keeper.
Gomes Better than signing Cody Ross and about an equal talent with less power.
Dempster 100% against. Trade him at the deadline.
Bailey Our only real hope at closer. Won't get any return value in trade. Keeper.
Hanrahan Didn't get trading prospects during a rebuilding year. No value. Bite the cost.
Ellsbury Should have traded him. Now, he's not even worth the sandwich draft pick value.
Ortiz Was not worth the money, but is a Boston Legend. Keeper.
Carp Great role player pick-up with some room for upside growth. Keeper.
Victorino Was against the signing, but felt if we traded Ells, was OK. (I wanted Pagan & extra yr)
Ciracio Great utility IF'er. Keeper
What about Aceves and Doubront? Should have traded both this past winter.
Moonslav overall tends to be upbeat, but the above items show he has real heartburn with this team which right now is headed for the playoffs--and, yes, I know it's May and September is a long ways away. Like Softlaw, he doesn't think much of Drew (and probably wants Iglesias)
I do like Iggy over Drew, but unlike softy, I know drew is a much better offensive player than Iggy, and I have admitted that Drew has looked better in the field than I thought he was.
or Dempster or Ellsbury or Ortiz or Victorino, which is 4/9 of the starting lineup plus the only starter acquired in the offseason.
I think my offer to papi would have been high enough to outbid anyone else ($22M/2 + incentives based on PAs that could bring him to slightly more than he makes now. I was Ok with Victorino, if Ellsbury was traded, but preferred Upton & Pagan.
Plus he likes Salty and Gomes, about whom most of us have reservations--at least I do. He didn't like Doubront or Aceves and right now is looking pretty smart.
I also liked Ross, but felt since he was slightly better vs RHPs, perhaps Salty should have been traded.
I say all that because I give credit to Moonslav for standing up for what he thinks--and what he thought last offseason.
Unlike softy, I will admit my mistakes, and since I voice my opinion on nearly every decision, I'm bound to be wrong multiple times. I know sometimes I come off as pretending to know more than Ben or other posters, but it is not intended that way.
As for me, I tend to be very anti-Salty because of the errors, passed balls, wild pitches, and inability to throw anyone out on the basepaths. But I think he just maybe calls a decent game and his OPS is over .800 despite the K's.
I get that, but I heard the same thing about Salty last year while he was having a top 5 year in WP + PB per inning caught rates in MLB.
I think Ellsbury will still deliver, but am right now having some doubts.
I haven't always been anti-Ellsbury. Next to boom, I think I have defended him more than anyone here, until last year (and concerning his defense).
Ortiz hitting has been terrific, but he could still--softlaw insists this will happen--develop signficant health problems and miss games.
I have been defending Papi vs the Papibasher, softy for weeks now.
I was against Victorino's big contract, but am starting to like his overall style of play.
He has looked very good, but my issue was the age, and the 3rd year, and the high cost.
I knew nothing about Drew, but think he just might have been a good one year contract until Iglesias is ready, plus I'm beginning to think Iglesias wants to go elsewhere. Not a big fan of Ciriaco this year.
I thought Ciriaco was a better fielder than he has shown this year in limited duty.