Re: Sox Get Carp
posted at 2/20/2013 12:35 PM EST
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
While certainly not top-heavy on star talent as many fans are used to, the Sox have quietly put together a roster with excellent depth. Certainly, Carp is no great boon. but to have Carp, Overbay, Nava, Sweeney battling it out for a couple backup utility positions is great. If he should make the roster, he will be a plus. Even if he doesn't get much burn, having a lefty with that much pop in the mix as a pinch hitter is a very nice weapon.
I am not necessarily convinced that Lester/Buchholz/Lackey are going to step it up and be the hosses that the FO gambled this year on (but I am rooting for them). And I am not necessarily convinced that Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli are going to be at the peak of their games.
However, with the depth, the bullpen, the positional flexibility, and the character of this club, I am really liking the way way things are shaping up.
The thing I worry about most spaceman is the fact we still haven't done anything to address our long term needs. At best we have exactly what you stated but that doesn't necessarily win ball games as we both know.
I do not disagree Craze. However, follow me here, the way in which the long-term needs were not addressed was actually the best way to address the long-term needs in this particular off-season. For my money, I did not feel comfortable paying top dollar and long-years on any of the top free agents that could have filled long-term needs, and I don't think there were really viable trades out there either. So, the way the Sox approached things, they now have a ton of flexibility: the kids will have no blocks when they are ready to come up and fill long term needs the best way (through the farm), the short money contracts of the FAs the Sox did sign are imminently moveable should a trade for proven vet talent arise to fill long-term needs, and in coming 2-3 years, as better FA markets present themselves, the Sox will have plenty of money coming off the books.
In the meantime, yes, we do not know whether good-character teams win ball games per se. But depth and bullpens certainly do. So, we will just have to put our hope in our much-maligned but potentailly-solid rotation and see what happens.