Re: What is our real concern?
posted at 2/23/2013 11:53 AM EST
In response to notin's comment:
2. Nap was not signed for 3 years. He was signed for 1. Gomez is awful, and has probably alrady maxed himelf out talentwise. His marginal numbers last year were HEAVILY dependant on luck, and this would deintely even itself out over time. Read my post, I said one year was a deal
3. Linares is not better than Gomes (as a hitter). No ceiling. He is already 28 and takes too long to adjust to lower level minor league pitching. He is not exactly stepping in and doing anything. you might save $10mill, but you easily cost this team over 2 wins, which is the value of $10mill. Isd the goal a better team or a better financial picture? And are you related in any way to Jeff Loria? How does anyone know Linares isn't better and cheaper than Gomes against righties if the guy has never been given a chance? This is supposidly more bridge time correct? No need to spend 10mil on another one dimensional, mediocre OF.
4. Doubtful Anaheim takes a $4.5mill catcher (when they do not need one) for their top hitting prospect. Doubront has some trade value, but I would argue (and win) that the $10mill you spent to replace him will allow for a worse team, given where you sauved the money. I will take Doubront and the guys you replaced Linares and Gomez with over Gomez and Linares and who you replce Doubront with. Of course, again you don't know, I did say offer
5. Taz is a good possibiliy but he will need som stretching. He has not started since prior to TJ surgery and pluging him in hoping for 150 IP is recipe for disaster physically. Getting this guy into the bullpen, however, does nothing but make that aspect of the team stronger. (I do hope he does some stretching in Pawtucket). Agreed but again, if Doub was traded I would give him a shot
6. McCarthy was a possibility but reamins a physical question mark over the course of his, well, life. I would have signed him over Dempster, though. How the heck does another old man like Dempster help our future? In the clubhouse maybe? Get the guys a free puppy!
7. While I eould have gone with Iggy. I knlow you will never believe this, BUT CIRIACO IS NOT THAT GOOD. He is not some sort of "late bloomer" who excels against higher competition. Those are unsupported cop out answers than ignore a lifetime worth of facts. He is an imaptient free swinger who got by on ludicrous BABIP and his ability to hit fastballs. Plug him into a regular starting role, and his imaptience and inability to hit or lay off of sliders low and away will shine through. and when he is not hitting he has no offensive game to speak of. He needs to hit .285 just to hope to have an OBP. As much as Iglesias diappointed at the plate, he still has more patience and discipline than Ciriaco, and a better minor league track record to boot. Hey, maybe Iglesias is one of those guys who "excels against better competition." I say he deserves the shot, especially with some of his ridiculous defensive skills. If you feel Iggy deserves a shot over Ciriaco? Enough said!
The really weird part about your "plan" is that you started this whole thread about minor league depth, and this plan does bvery little to address it, unless you think the only missing piece is CJ Cron. The rest of it really looks like nothing more than an attempt to rebuild the MLB team using AAAA talent, a formula that has not only never worked, but actually puts together a lineup as bad as the one Miami will be fielding this year. Do not be fooled by short term success for players with a long, long, long history of not being successful, although it seems I am a little late with that advice. I don't feel the only missing piece is CJ Cron but to land a possible 1B, younger pitcher and save 29mil it was worth the risk considering the money we waisted this off season. That money could have gone towards a FA next season to fill another void.
The only reaminaing question is why you feel you understand th abilities of Gomez, Linares and Ciriaco better than the Sox. They not only know each player personally (which I am guess you do not), but emply a staff of scouts to evaluate them and others, and see them play far, far more often than you could ever hope to. They watch these guys in Winter Ball, they watch them in practices and at workouts. They see every minor league game. Honestly, how many games have you seen Linares play in his life? How many times did you see Gomez or Ciriaco play before they got called up? Did you even hear of either of Gomez and Ciriaco befroe 2012? (I never heard of Gomez before 2012.) So why do you think YOU are the guy who knws these players better? First off the Sox now have a higher regard for Ciriaco which you will see again this season as he backs up Drew. Secondly, if we can keep a useless bat like DMac as long as we did, or give Kalish and Nava an opportunity, Linares deserves his chance to prove us right or wrong. Lastly, Nap at 1B is a serious defensive liability for three years 30plus mil and AGAIN read the post. I said he was a good deal for the one year we gave him.
Or are you making snap judgements on small sample sizes? (Which, by the way, would not be breaking new ground.) Nope just giving my honest opinion!