The fact is that Theo is not the revered visionary most Red Sox fans think. Theo is a follower, not a trend setter. When he first took over the Sox, on base percentage, OPS, and moneyball were in vogue due to Billy Beane's success in Oakland. Theo saw that, so he went out and sign a bunch of high OBP guys aka poor man's Adam Dunns (either take a walk, struck out, or hit for extra bases) like J.D. Drew, Todd Walker, Jeremy Giambi, Mark Bellhorn, Bill Mueller, etc.
After drug testing exposed a bunch of cheats and power in baseball disappeared the last couple of years, last year he's again followed what was hot , which was "defensive metric" and "UZR", but this stuff was so ridiculously overrated especially since the supposedly defensive specialists he signed were complete liability on offense instead of being 5 tool talents.
Not for nothing, but isn't this what a good executive does? The vast majority of good executives don't invent anything. They simply take the best ideas available and implement them. Better yet, he hired the guy that was on the cutting edge of these ideas (Bill James).
So he turns around 180 degrees this year and signs Crawford and Gonzalez.
How is it 180 degree turnaround. These guys are two of the best fielders in BB.
And I liked those moves like most Sox fans. But he is still saddled with other moves that have placed a big burden on the club. Giving Saltalamacchia the keys to the starting catching position was a mistake.
Yup, don't get the Salty move at all.
Another mistake was signing Scutaro as your every day ss during the bridge years.
Remember Scutaro had one good offensive season before Theo acquired him, which was probably a fluke. He was an utility player and a journeyman who bounced around the minors.
Scutaro was an excellent signing. We need a guy to span the gap to Iglesias.
Then we have Drew who is always hurt and underachieves even when he is healthy
But as often as people talk about it, they never offer alternatives. Here's your two choices. Go with Nixon, who was frail compared to Drew, or sign a FA. Since Drew was easily the best FA OF signing that winter, it has to be considered a success. I normally don't like paying $4 for a bottle of water, but after walking two miles in 108 degree temperature, I had the choice of overpaying or being parched, so I overpaid.