Re: Team Seniority
posted at 3/9/2014 12:34 AM EST
In response to royf19's comment:
While Victorino was not "longterm", it wasn't really a short deal either.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to JoseLaguna's comment:
In general since the trade with the Dodgers Ben has made it his strategy to sign FAs for less years ( short contracts) by overpaying them ( on an annual cost basis), steering away from long term contracts with prohibitive costs, keeping his top prospects, not forfeiting draft picks by signing FAs with qualifying offers, signing back up parts when available, and developing a minor league system that is rated very high.
We gave up a draft pick by keeping Napoli.
We gave up Melancon for Hanrahan.
We traded one top young player Iggy.
But otherwise, you are right.
(Note: nice actual post about baseball- keep it up!)
Your wording is off on Napoli. "Game up" makes it sound like the Sox lost a draft pick by keeping Napoli. You can't lose what you never had. The Sox didn't lose a draft pick by keeping Napoli. They just didn't gain one as they would have had they let him go.
If we did not keep Napoli, we'd have another draft pick. If Ben was all about gaining draft picks, he could have found another 1B solution, including in house youth movement solutions such as Middy and Cecchini (with Carp getting more PAs). My point was that Ben is taking more of a balanced approach and is not all about youth and longterm future enhancement. (Which is fine by me, by the way)
I get that technically we did not "lose a draft pick", but almost certainly Napoli would be signed by now, unlike Drew, so we'd be plus another pick had we chose to let him walk.