posted at 11/18/2012 11:02 AM EST
In response to Soxdog67's comment:
In response to Drewski5's comment:
We went with the prospects last year after the trade. Look where we wound up. If you want to fill all holes internally (operate like a small market team), then you can expect small market team results. Thats a 2 yr competitive window, follow by 10 yrs of stinking. Teams like the Royals, Padres, Indians, Pirates all follow the model you suggest. IF you want to operate like them , you can expect similar results.
Detroit has a large payroll. Texas has a large payroll. Yankees have a large payroll. These are the three most sucessful AL teams over the last couple of years. There is a correlation between payroll and success.
We shouldnt make rushed / foolish decisions. However, deciding that you are going to fill all your holes internally is also a rushed / foolish decision. We should weigh all of our options and if the best option is an expensive FA, we should pull the trigger. Being able to sign FA is our competitive advantage. Baseball is a business, and exploiting your competitive advantage is good business.
Until August the Sox were one of the high payroll players...and was it getting them???
Plus they went with prospects last year mostly due to injuries...granted they did nothing last offseason to improve the team that was at at the luxury tax limit from the start...to ownership, 2012 was about Fenway Park...the team was second.
The chemistry of that team between the players, manager and ownership was atrociuos, so they were doomed from the start.
Thinking that the Sox are trying to be a small market team is being simpleminded. This topic is spot on that we need to be patient and let the free agent process play out...hopefully the Sox will get their fair share of talent...it may not be the choices that everyone agrees to, but it will hopefully make them competitive and enjoyable to watch again.
But you arent addressing the inarguable points in my post.
Would you argue that the Rangers, NYY, and Tigers havent been successful in recent years? (you'd be wrong). Would you argue that there success has nothing to do w expensive free agent acquisitions? (You'd be wrong). You cant look at one year, riddled w terrible contracts , and hang your hat on that season as evidence that spending money doesnt help. It helps.
I'm not saying to go make splashy signings and throw money around like its nothing. BUt talking about our 2015 team w/ 9 players from the farm (6 of which are probably not going to make the majors) is to far the other way.
The Sox need to trust their scouts. And if their scouts tell them that a player is a fit, they should use their competitive advantage ($$$) and be aggressive.