posted at 11/20/2012 2:02 AM EST
In response to Drewski5's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
We do not need a " bridge year " . That is nonsense. Do you expect fans to turn out and pay big bucks for a " bridge year " , whatever that means. What it really means is just an excuse for losing. Do you really think that our " kids " are any better than other teams " kids " ? 2013 is a bridge to success in 2014 ? That is ridiculous. This is business. We need to be competitive. You guys who like to fantasize about possible trades and the future of A Ball prospects are all wrong. Get real . The Sox need to do what it takes to contend in 2013. This can now best be done through spending in the free agent market. In any trade proposal , the chances are that Ben will get fleeced by more experienced and smarter G.M.s. Please stop with the " wanna be " G.M. stuff and get with reality. We are a last place team . A joke . We need to spend to become a serious contender. Forget about the length of contract and salary of various players. Get real and go for it. Are you all Sox fans , or do you just enjoy playing this little game of make believe ?
What do you suggest? Hamilton at 7/175? Greinke at 5/100M+? Greinke is a horrible fit here and unless hamilton will do a 3 year deal, no way. Thats what got us where were at right now.
Nobody wants them to spend like a small market team, but nobody wants dumb deals like 7 years and 175M for Hamilton either. The FA market isnt good this year and most of these 30 something players dont deserve more than 2-3 year deals.
The prospects I start to get excited about are not A-Ball kids. They are the ones who succeed in AA and are ready for AAA or MLB. Once you can play with the advanced pitching and hitting in AA, then I think theres a chance in MLB.
JBJ, Brentz are just 2 OF'er who have had success in AA and both could be ready this year, if not then def 2014. I dont care to have some 35 yr old being paid to block these kids.
There is nobody this year in OF or 1b FA that I would give a long contract to. Best to go with a couple 2-3 year deals or maybe a good trade this year. There might be more available at the trade deadline as well...
I think its small market philosophy to hold spots open for the kids. If we have a mid thirty-something year old who is getting paid 12M/yr to block a kid, we can always trade him (a la Youk). We dont know which of the kids are going to pan out and which ones arent. Better prospects than JBJ fizzle every year. I say sign the free-agents to 2-3 year deals, and if they lose their job to a kid, they lose their job.
The downside of this is that we may waste 12M in the final year of the contract (like we did w Youk because we absorbed most of the final yaer), but to me, thats an acceptable casualty.
Thats why is suggested 1,2 or even 3 year deals. I wasnt saying dont sign any older FA, just the hamilton types for that long.
We got extremely LUCKY with the LAD deal. That probably wouldnt happen again and if we go right back to that plan we probably wont be as lucky.
1-3 yr deals with 30 somethings to fill holes is how FA should be used. there are always exceptions to the rules, but nothing this year warrants that exception.