Re: sox aquire aviles from kc
posted at 7/31/2011 11:31 PM EDT
In Response to Re: sox aquire aviles from kc
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: sox aquire aviles from kc : I follow what you are saying, but though Crawford's cost will be no different from Gonzalez's next year, the cost for Crawford in the outfield
for seven years pretty much sealed Ellsbury's fate in Boston down the line. Theo had to know that before he signed Crawford, so in that bottom-line sense he made a choice. We don't know all that went on last year between Ellsbury and the club, but it's not entirely unreasonable to think that it might have affected Theo's decision. It's probable that Theo made a judgment call that Crawford would be the more productive of the two players over time. He may still prove right, even though at the moment his projection looks a little shaky. But you know how moments come and go, and where they lead no one knows. If Ellsbury is now showing his mature self with staying power ( IF ), it will take one helluva CFer to replace him. Either Reddick or Kalish might fill the bill -- two bills, one in right and one in center. Those possibilities are still unfolding. I also understand the idea of keeping the line moving, in the near future with Bard in for Papelbon and two picks, and two for Ellsbury, etc. And long-term if that is the pattern that Theo has chosen to follow. Then it's a matter of hoping that the replacements from within are as good as or better than the players who flew the coop, and that the picks progress in time to add strength to the big club when they are needed. It's a guessing game -- but there is still something to be said for "a bird in the hand" until, I suppose, the hand becomes crowded with expensive birds. If that happens, we'll just have to see how many Theo lets fly away.
Posted by expitch
I don't isolate CC's salary "to the outfield". I see it in team
context, no more, no less. You make a strong point regarding Theo's perception of Jake, which may
have contributed to the CC signing, but I think he goes there anyway, considering Redick/Kalish perception at the time and CAM/Drew coming off the books after 2011.
We got limited time from VMART/BELTRE as opposed to Jake, but get the picks nevertheless. Replacing Ells doesn't have to be done with one individual. Theo replaced Beltre/VMART offense with AGONE/CC. Nor does one have to replicate Ells numbers in that the overall offense won't be diminished to any large extent, unless key components are injured.