In response to moonslav59's comment:
Wow, when did you, of all people, become Mr Gloom & Doom?
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.
And if you pass, then what? The team wasn't good enough to compete in September and we certainly don't want them heading into April with the same players. If we're not going to sign FA's then the changes have to come through trades or bringing people up from the minors. IMHO the players in the minors aren't ready for the big time yet but they're going to be, very possibly in 2014. There are teams out there who'd LOVE to have JBJ or Bogarts or several others but the Sox would be giving them up in trades and then, as I said, mortgaging the future.
The options weren't good for the Sox this year.
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?
I think they have, as well as they could. I'm sure they'd have preferred to sign their FA's to two year contracts but they were hamstrung by their own needs and who was available. I don't blame the players. They got the best deal they could get, exploiting the Sox and the fact that it was a weak FA market.
I look to see some of these FA's get traded after next season, probably bundled to get someone the Sox need for 2014. And even after that, I now see the Sox eating a lot of contract $$ in 2014-2015.
And who of our signings will complement these kids?
I can see 2014 being an infield of WMB, Iggy, Pedey and PTBNL (or Napoli) and an OF of PTBNL/Kalish, JBJ and Victorino/Kalish
I'm still concerned about the pitching staff, but I'm always concerned about the pitching staff. This team still needs an ace and I don't see any of this year's top five being called an "Ace". The bad news about "Aces" when you don't have one is that everyone wants at least one so when they've got one they're reluctant to give him up.