Re: Sox Sign Drew
posted at 12/17/2012 2:58 PM EST
thought there was no reason not to play iglesias for a full year and see how he hits, but clearly they've decided he's unlikely to hit consistently at the major league level at this point. perhaps he starts at triple a, because unless there was ome kind of platoon going on it would seem like a waste to have him on the bench. especially because they have ciriaco is their as a utility guy. doesn't bode well for iggy being here probably as one would think there is at most a two year time frame for bogaerts
clearly drew is a very expensive insurance policy/stop gap measure and obviously the sox are content to overpay guys for shorter contracts. seems like drew was a 5-6 million per guy and thought he might have commanded 2 @10 or 12 or something like that.
also don't think they are necessarily done. there may be a couple of guys sitting out there who don't wind up getting the years they wanted, though they would also probably go into the season as is. adding a first base/outfielder type (swisher? berkman?) and perhaps another proven starter to the mix are probably not outside the realm of possibility. seemingly, there are a few chips available (ells/iglesias/lavarnway/sweeney/de la rossa?/aceves/one of the lefty relievers) to potentially bring in a piece or two via trade. can't see them parting with their key prospects though.
all in all it's impossible to get too excited about the 7 players they brought in, but agree with it or not they were obviously intent on limiting years no matter what. it's difficult to argue with the people who thought hamilton was the way to go as he was the one impact everyday player out there, and I certainly understand those who wanted anabel sanchez, though the class was weak. also think those who thought they should simply fill a few holes, lie in the weeds for next year and beyond have a point, but there is the reality of having to roll out a team the fan base will go and see. the red sox were not about to spend 80 million and get crushed by the fans and the press when they won 70 games.
this approach was their idea of how to birdge the gap to their promising youngsters. they stay away from any and long term deals that would jeapordize future flexibility. not saying it's the right way to go, and for the short term this team is unlikely to be anything but mediocre, but there is more to be hopeful for now than there was prior to the trade. think they are bringing in likeable guys who have mostly been good clubhouse guys.
think you have to be most concerned with the napoli, dempster, and victorino signings because they overpaid for all of them and they are not really moveable if things go wrong. at the same time they had giant holes and needed to fill them with proven players. it's not like there are kids raring to go right now. by almost all accounts brentz/bogaerts/bradley/barnes/webster etc. still need a year or two to be ready. dempster will be 36 in may so that's something to think about, but he's only signed for two years and they needed someone who could come in and give them innings. he will do that. he may not hold up against the al beasts, but he'll go out and pitch. if he's terrible, this team isn't winning anything next year anyway, so we're down to one year going into 2014. post 2014 the sox are done with lackey and dempster (although if Lackey turns it around they have the extra option year). it all boils down to lester and bucholtz anyway - they stink this team stinks. they return to form the team will at least be in playoff contention.
we'll see how they perfrom in 2013. that's ultimately the test. personally, not crazy about dempster. certainly napoli is not ideal defesnively at first base by any means. seems like they are still missing a big bat in the line-up. hate the idea of ellsbury going (though that seems like a given at this point). they are without a solid, go-to starter at the top of the rotation. think having bailey and aceves at the top of the relief staff is really shaky. they could use at least one more solid vetran rh reliever. oh well. don't think it can get worse than last year.