posted at 4/7/2014 1:39 AM EDT
In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
That is the problem with the optimistic view of the front office. There are so many ifs and so much speculation. I am not entirely sold on the idea of Stanton as a superstar, but if he really is, can the Sox outbid the Yankees, Dodgers, etc. for his long term services? There is no recent indication that they can or will. Would you be willing to part with some of our best young talent in assuming that we can outbid the others to sign Stanton long term?
Personally, I don't see how a Sox fan in 2014 can not have an optimistic view of this front office, but that's just me. Since Henry bought the team, in 12 seasons they have won 3 titles and been to the ALCS 5 times. For the last several years the team has spent right up to the tax threshold of 178 million (increased to 189 million this year).
This is the ownership that traded for A-Gon and signed Crawford, both at huge cost, before 2011. They got burned in 2011 and 2012 and this obviously made them re-think long term deals.
With their record of success, their continued willingness to spend, and the current good shape of the farm system, if you still can't feel any optimism, then it's because you have a negative attitude drilled into you by being a baseball fan and a Sox fan. There's certainly plenty of that to be seen on this board.
You summed it up well, Halifax...It's a New England birthright to be able to complain about the Sox and the usual suspects are back in full force. I love how the same guys who crucified Salty last year, whine about the Sox not signing him.
The Sox didn't see Salty as a long term solution and they obviously have 2 highly touted catchers in Vasquez & Swihart. People all around baseball say they would start Vasquez now, and Swihart supposedly has a higher ceiling. Why would they sign Salty to a multi-year deal? There are those who think they should've given Salty the 3 year deal and then traded him. That's not reality at all for several reasons, yet you'll see it posted over & over again.
all i remember about salty was he strikes out too much in clutch situations.now he is gone.and they worry now about his .270 average and power numbers.i am a sox fan in new york state.and i have the deep feeling the fo knows what they are doing.i am not of the ilk that thinks we will win or even make the playoffs every year.i wish but don't expect.to me i like finishing above the yankees.