In response to tom-uk's comment:
Trading Ortiz would have yielded what - probably a couple of second-tier prospects who might help in a couple of years or might never make the bigs. Nothing to get excited about, that's for sure.
Plus you have to make a concession to the fact that major league baseball is not just sport, it's entertainment. Re-signing Ortiz this year was a PR move, to make the team more enjoyable for the fans. Absolutely right.
You have to be more realistic in every way when you assess some of these moves.
Ok Hfx please answer a few questions.
1. Were the Mets realistic in holding on to Reyes, Pagan, Beltran, Rodriguez,...as long as they did?
2. Have the last four poor Mets' seasons provided entertainment?
3. Why do you think half a season of a DH with an OPS over 1.000 is only worth second rate prospects? or Why isn't the pick the Sox passed up valueable?
4. Why are posters ok with Ben's expectation that the current Sox prospects will provide a solid core in two years or so, if prospects like the ones Lester, Papi, and Ells would have yielded are not valued? You can't have it both ways, prospects are either valuable or not!
5. Why no mention of the new CBA and the increased importance of prospects by the supporter's of Ben's moves?
6. Why are posters called whiners who are in lock step with Vegas odds?