Re: No Playoffs 4 out of the 5 Past Years
posted at 7/14/2014 2:36 PM EDT
In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
Whether you're looking at the past five years or any other time block since this ownership has taken over, every year, this FO has fielded a team that, on paper, was competitive. Of course you still have to play the games, and the results are not always what we would have hoped or expected.
But, even though the team did not make the playoffs some of those years, the FO has consistently spent big money and put together a team that should contend. Even the 2012 team, as bad as their record was, had the talent to contend.
It would be one thing if the FO did nothing for 4 out of the 5 years, then decided for the 5th year they better field a winner to keep the fan base happy. It's an entirely different thing when the FO is spending and is fielding a good team every year, but things don't work out because of injuries, underperformances, or Bobby Valentine.
Continue to field competitive teams year in and year out and your chances of being in the playoffs and winning championships improves. As a fan, that's really all I can ask, since nothing is guaranteed.
On this, we agree entirely. Again, I didn't start this thread to discuss ownership overall. I just wanted to discuss options going forward.
Yes, they spend money every year. Sometimes to their detriment. THIS team, right now, how they are constructed, I don't agree with spending that money on the next 5 years of Lester. I've said I think he's a good pitcher. I'd put him in the 10-15 overall range. Probably closer to 10th. I've also said I don't think long term contracts work out well for pitchers over 30. I have done research, and put it in different posts on different threads. I don't agree with knowingly taking on bad, back end years to overpay for what are hopefully premium years.
The Sox have the money to pay pretty much whatever they want. They have built up a farm system with highly regarded prospects throughout. I pocket that money, and target the specific people, at the leading edge of their prime years. Stanton coming up...it's not a pipe dream, MLB is littered with guys who got moved, sometimes more than once as they came up towards free agency, in their mid-late 20s. Sabathia. G Gonzalez, Cliff Lee, Texeira, Cabrera, Rizzo, V Martinez, Pence, Sherzer. Likely going to happen to Price as well, though he's a little older. Pitchers tend to start to break down around 32 these days. Halladay and Sabathia are two shining examples. I don't want to pay Lester guaranteed money at, or over 20/season until he's 34+.