Re: Sanchez to sign with cubs
posted at 12/13/2012 11:50 PM EST
In response to redsoxpride34's comment:
well i think that looking at the signings ben has made, he seems to be pretty incompetent. he had a fresh start, unloaded all the big contracts, and what does he do? he signs past there prime players that will do little to help this team. would victorino be much better than kalish or brentz at this point? napoli i dont mind but he really is not a first basemen. dempester? dont even get me started on this one. he got destroyed while pitching in the AL, and has really never been that good.
And how many young players in their prime were available and wanted to come to Boston this year? Grienke? Wasnt happening. Sanchez? He wants to stay in Detroit. Most FA are on the backend of their prime years. They are not, nor should they, trade the farm away either. This was going to take more than 1 year to do, so if you were expecting them to field a sure fire ws contending team in 2013 you were only fooling yourself.
They filled the holes with what was available, which wasnt much. At least they brought in guys who play hard all the time and will be better leaders for the youth that will be making their way to Boston the next 2-3 years. Not like Gonzo complaining that we have to play too many Sunday night games while cashing 21M worth of checks. Or Beckett only doing what HE wants to do.
Am I thrilled with all the signings? No, but I also didnt have unrealistic expectations considering this years FA class as well as all the new financial rules put into place. this wasnt going to be fully turned around in one off season.
With less injuries, players playing to their norms, and a little luck we could make the playoffs. They will have a better shot in 2014 and beyond though. They have the talent to be a playoff team. If the O's and A's did it with their rosters, and I think Boston has a better roster.