Re: Red Sox Doing Great but Ben Cherington's 2013 FA signings?
posted at 6/5/2013 4:45 PM EDT
In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to BMav's comment:
Uehara - A
Drew - A Defense has been good. Bat is becoming excellent. I have sugar plums and compensation picks dancing in my head. Who would have thunk that was even possible.
Carp - A Carp for nothing.
Ross - A- Ross's defense has been excellent.
Napoli - B+ Defense better then I expected but offense worse. 1st basemen are supposed to rake. K/BB rate a concern. But I loved the signing originally.
Dempster - C+ Solid.
Gomes - C+ Is for chemistry, which brings us W's. He also was signed for short term on the cheap. Imagine if we went with the Hamilton or Ross route instead? Also, when Gomes BABIP normalises, he will look a lot better stat wise.
Victorino - C Money and length of contract were large. All round play has been solid. Health not a factor in my grading for Victorino.
Hanrahan - F+ He did get a few saves.
In retrospect, do every deal again except Hanrahan and maybe Victorino. And with Victorino its close and his bat was warming up before the injury and my only problem was with the size and or length of the contract. So I could easily change my mind on Victorino.
These were largely my grades going into the season. Maybe I am stubborn to changing my opinion.
Watch out BMav, myself and another poster got called "clueless" and were told to "wake up and small the coffee" for even suggesting the possibility of extending Drew a QO if his numbers resemble his 2010 year, which is a very good possibility. Hes at .749 OPS right now and I would bet it will be closer to, if not above .800 by years end.
I think some people didn't get the Drew signing because they assumed that this was a rebuilding year and they weren't able to understand that this team had a core of talent that could win now. Maybe they don't understand the human element of the game and actually thought that this was a team with "69 win talent." Obviously the Front Office and some educated fans knew better. To those who think the Sox are going to trade Drew, Ellsbury or Saltlamacchia in a pennant race still don't get it, but fortunately for the fans, the Front Office does.
Its been a while since I talked with you. In Boston you dont have your typical "rebuilding" like other teams. They overspent a bit to get good team players to sign for short years while the kids progress. Did they over pay? Well, yeah. But there was a reason. They wanted to compete, but not sign any longer term deals. For that, especially in FA, you will probably overpay. Fortunately this team can afford to do that for a year or 2 until we know better which prospects are more likely to work out.
The FO will be level headed and stick to the plan. Unlike some here who lose their minds because Iggy has had a few good games and now want to trade Drew, or Salty and Ells for that matter. Not smart business and certainly not the way to go about winning a championship. Im a fan of Iggy and JBJ, but they are depth this year. We are very fortunate to be able to say that. They will have the next 5-6 years here to make a name for themselves. Until then.....