Re: Name one transaction......
posted at 12/18/2012 3:52 PM EST
In response to georom4's comment:
bootlickers are in hysterics....these signings are a joke - when the best thing you can say about the whole lot is that they are only three year deals at most and because of it they had to overpay, you are in sorry territory...
we needed an ace, and a first basemen with pop...we got a thirtysomething neverwas and a guy who hasnt played a lot of either catcher or firstbase....the other outfielders? they will make JD Drew look like a bargain...Wily Mo Gomes & Victorino for 26 mil combined? why didnt we just sign hamilton or grienke for 25 million and skip on DrewII and the wrong Ross and we have there just about the entire difference......
i know why, because ben is a ball less wonder who fears what could go wrong more than he can committ to what the team truly needs...leadership...
good news is that he's done after 2013
Why are the signings a joke??? Assuming Napoli deal is completed, isn't this likely everyday lineup in 2013 better than what we ended with in 2012?:
- Ellsbury - no change
- Victorino - replaces Kalish
- Pedroia - no change
- Ortiz - replaces Lavarnway
- Napoli - replaces Gomez
- Middlebrooks - replaces Ciriaco/Aviles
- Drew - replaces Iggy/Ciricao
- Gomes/Kalish - replaces C Ross
- Salty/Ross - no change
Regarding the SP - so please explain where these ace starters are sitting just waiting for Cherington to sign them?? Signing Greinke to the contract he got was too risky for my liking, and he was really the only ace-type available via free agency.
The OP cries for more pitching when the rotation is currently 6 deep:
- Lester - hopefully will return to 2010 form under Farrell
- Buccholz - ditto
- Lackey - was an ace-type in LA when he was healthy
- Doubront - another year of experience, an was effective in 2012
- Dempster - Average signing considering the marketplace - at least he has a history of being healthy and pitching close to 200 innings.
- Morales - An effective 6th starter if someone goes down with an injury.
Bringing in any other pitchers for major level contracts would result in a roster issue and potential logjam. So unless Marcum, Jackson, Liriano or any of these other FA's want a Aaron Cook type deal, don't expect them to be acquired unless there is a trade brewing...which I doubt is going to happen.
Considering the 2013 FA marketplace, the acquisitions by BC were about as good as you could do to revamp the line-up to improve from 68 wins.
The way I look at it...let's give these guys a chance, they will be better than 2012 and just might pull a rabbit out of their hats, if the chemistry gods follow the Sox like they did Baltimore and Oakland in 2012.