Re: The Dumbest Management in Baseball
posted at 12/17/2012 10:09 PM EST
In response to ADG's comment:
On top of everyone else, Stephen Drew for $9.5M? Are you kidding me?
I thought the Victorino and Dempster deals were bad, but this tops the cake.
See, here is the deal.
Apparently, the plan is to not committo long term free agents, which is fine. However, someone, possibly Ben, possibly Larry or possibly even Henry, seems to have drawn a line that no deals over 3 years long for free agents. I mean, mlbtr reported they would not go over 3 years for Hamilton, which seems a little crazy to me. no fourth year for Hailton!?!? Really?!?
The real issue here is that does appear to be the plan. Whether or not it is a good lan is another matter. It really is not a good plan, Limiting free agent spending = smart. Setting limit at 3 years for free agents = a very good guideline. Sticking to a 3 year limit as if it is the law and it is also applicable for superstar free agents = waste of time for everyone involved.
Anyway, once this plan came down from whoever, it really took Sanchez, Greinke and Hamilton out of the picture. No way any of them settled for 3 years.
There is an upside to this plan. They apparently decided not to give up any prospects or draft picks, or at least as few as possible, and so far that is working out. Also, they have taken in a steady supply of supplementary players, the kind you build around the star talent with. Guys like Dempster, Victorino, Drew and Napoli are not bad players. They are just not elite players. I have seen posts on this board from fasn saying the Sox should go after each and every one of them at some point (except Dempster. I do not recall him on any wish list, but he might have been).
However, they really have not added that headline-grabbing talent they need. Clearly it will not be happening via freee agency, which is fine. That leaves two possibilites. 1) trade. The Sox have been terribly silent in trading this off-season, which they really should not be. Toronto has added a crateful of talent and not signed a single free agent (although they stripped the farm pretty bare). I know Boston tried to get both Johnson, Dickey and even Cliff Lee. Good to try, but they need to get someone. Hopefully they are still looking.
The other possiblity is that they believe their core players of Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz and Middlebrooks, and they pitching anchors Lester and Buchholz will be a good enough nuclues to help them contend. This will require a lot of health. Also, they possibly have a lot of faith in de La Roda and Webster (I am a little light on my faith in Webster), and they might b counting on that, too.
Signing Drew is really not the issue here. They weren't going to get a worthwhile starter for $9.5mill, and while one can add up salaries and say "we could have had XXXXX." Well, you are wrong, we could not have. Because XXXXX wanted more than 3 years.
And in the case of Sanchez, apparently he wanted to stay in Detroit...