In response to moonslav59's comment:
Considering the free agent crop this offseason they've done a decent job retooling for 2013..
Considering we spent more on free agency (at a per season cost) this winter than ever before, doesn't it make you wonder why?
1) This is one of the worst free agent classes in memory.
2) We finished in last place last year and are trying to appear competitive by signing a bunch of guys from a weak class.
It's a poor plan: face the truth.
It's a poor plan, but what other plan was there?
I have already mentioned several plans better than the "halfway plan" Ben adopted.
In short, sign players a year or two younger who would be in the middle of their prime in 2014-2015 and not end of prime or past prime. (I mentioned B McCarthy.) Or, sign one big named FA to 5 years (not my choice, but better than the halfway plan) and at least have his value beyong 2013. Even in decline due to age, a superstar will be better than what we have now. (My choice for this plan was A Sanchez.)
There was NO point in going into 2013 with what finished 2012 if the FO wanted to even half-fill the seats. Something had to be done.
I have never said do nothing. We could have made deals and signings that made us better in 2013, but more importantly set us up better for 2014 and beyond. None of the moves we made this winter will clearly help us in 2014 and on.
It was a poor FA class and yes, the Sox spent too much money on FA's for what they got, but the owners set the price and then have to pay it.
No. You don't have to pay. You can pass.
You don't choose the worst FA class to sign a record amount of FAs.
The Sox prospects appear to be valuable enough for rebuilding teams to want them - so it only follows that since the Sox are rebuilding they'd want to keep them. Yes, they could possibly have been traded in a 5 or 6 for one deal for someone like Stanton but that mortgages the future.
I was fine with not dealing any top prospects, but if we are indeed trying to set ourselves up for these kids to contribute in 2014 and beyond, why not plan our signings and deals accordingly?
These same prospects are a year away (at best) from being able to contribute at the ML level.
And who of our signings will complement these kids?
As was said in "Argo", "This is the best bad plan we've got", and I wholly support it. This is called Planning for the Future. It's looking at your assets and your liabilities and putting a temporary band-aid on the wound until the permanent repairs are available.
Planning for the future? Who? What? Where? When? Our 3 years deals were jokes. Our 1 year deals were mostly wastes of money that could have been spent on players who could have helped us beyond 2013.
Like every plan, either it will work or it won't. If it works I see the Sox winning ~85 games this year and finishing 3rd or 4th, but in doing so setting themselves up to be in the same position the Yankees were in when Jeter, Williams, etc. were coming into their prime.
We have not set ourselves up for anything but failure and further failures.
If it doesn't work... well, I don't want to think about that, but it gets dealt with when it happens.
Too late by then.
But I think overall it's a good strategy.
It was the worst choice of plans.