Re: Need to free up payroll to sign Oswalt, who do they get rid of?
posted at 1/18/2012 12:15 AM EST
In Response to Re: Need to free up payroll to sign Oswalt, who do they get rid of?
[QUOTE]Nice to see the boston Red Sox acting like they're the Pittsburgh Pirates. I'm sure all Sox fans will be thrilled at the money saving dumpster diving, and not having to pay any luxury tax, when they're in 3rd or 4th place in August. This team has not improved one iota, and crying poormouth makes them even less likeable than last season. I wonder how long the phony attendence streak will hold up?
Posted by GhostofTito[/QUOTE]
The Red Sox are going to have a payroll over $170mill, which is about three times the Pirates payroll. They’re not crying poor; they’re just not being as impulsive as many fans would like, and seem to equate with building a winning team.
And they most certainly have improved. While I don’t know how the rotation and depth chart is going to end up by April, this team is better in terms of starting pitching depth and won’t have to rely on a rotation featuring Andrew Miller, Kyle Weiland and Tim Wakefield all at the same time through a critical September stretch. At the very least, Aaron Cook, Vicente Padilla and Justin Germano are a step up from the previous triumvirate at every spot. Even if one of them is part of the opening day rotation, the starting pitching depth is vastly improved. And if Daisuke can come back, it gets that much better. It would still be in the team’s best interest to get another starter capable of joining the rotation and keeping those three relegated to the depth roles they were signed for, but that doesn’t mean those signings are not a level of improvement. As it stands now, they were all signed to address a significant weakness from the 2011 team – namely SP depth.
This may not be the level of improvement fans demand, and it might not be enough to catch Tampa, but then again, it might be. The biggest reason Tampa was able to catch up to the Sox was because the starting pitching completely collapsed in September, taking the bullpen with it. The increase in depth should alleviate that part of the equation somewhat. Especially since Tampa has been extremely quiet this offseason as well. (And so far the only position player lost is Reddick. I liked him, but he was hardly indispensable.)
But if the answer to every roster problem is spend, spend, spend, then you are actually saying the Sox are going to get out of their payroll mess the same way they got in to it. The answer actually does lie in making more prudent offseason moves as opposed to simply through mega-contracts at every big name on the market and hoping something sticks. They do have a lot of payroll tied up in injured players (about $30mill in Daisuke, Jenks and Lackey), but the rest of the team is still costing $140mill. It shouldn’t be too difficult to build a contender for $140mill…