posted at 8/26/2012 2:45 PM EDT
We will be back up to a $175M budget by 2014.
We do not have an unlimited budget no matter how much Ike wants to think we could or should. We don't and won't.
What we spend in one place, we won't spend in another. I can think of thousands of permutations on how to spend the $60M the 4 players cost us per year in better ways. I'm pretty sure we can do better than what these 4 did for us this year with just $30-40M.
I don't care if Henry pockets some of the savings in 2013. The important thing here is that the players were taught a lesson. Too often we hear, "the manager was fired, because you can't fire the players", well. in a sense, we just did!
The day we signed CC, I said his congtract would cripple us for 7 years. I am happy to now say, I was wrong. It was only 2-3 years. While I liked Beckett and am not happy we traded the only starter who has a real history of performing in the clutch, we weren't going to win this year or next with this roster, and his attitude seemed to causing issues. AGon will not be easily replaced, but in theory we could trade for Morneau ($14M in 2013, then a FA) and sign a guy like Marcum or McCarthy and combined they will cost about as much as AGon, and the risk is short-term.
AGon & Cook vs Morneau & Marcum
The "in theory" trade-offs I could give you for CC and Beckett would be lop-sided in our favor, and if you don't like the above trade-off, they would overpower it and then some.