Re: We just got Marlon Byrd
posted at 4/22/2012 1:49 AM EDT
In Response to Re: We just got Marlon Byrd
[QUOTE]Remember a guy named Papelbon? Let's give the Phillies 50 million for him as a signing bonus and give Paps another 25 million. Maybe this team can reach 500 ball by the break. Disgusting management. Stop blaming BobbyV. No one can win a bunch of bumbs like this in the rotatation and pigpen.
Posted by tjwoods[/QUOTE]
Two seasons ago, there were many posters down on Jonathan Papelbon. At the time, I remarked that it was easy to take great closers for granted, unless they are on another team. When the Red Sox let Papelbon go the the Phillies, there were many happy Yankee fans, including me.
The Boston bullpen with Papelbon, Bard, Aceves, and Morales would be an entirely different beast. When the Red Sox signed Adrian Gonzalez, I was worried, and he is still a very good hitter and a solid fielder. But, when they signed Carl Crawford, I thought the Red Sox were getting further away from their recent history philosophically, and success, of signing high OBP/high SLG players.
While Crawford is better than last season, he did not fit that criteria. Losing Crawford and Jacoby to injury does not help either, offensively or defensively. Cody Ross is just not a gifted defensive player.
One bright spot was the offense from Salt and Papi, they hit everyone the Yankees threw at them. I have liked Doubront since last season and Tazawa did a nice job at the end.