Re: What Team Would Have Been More Fun To Watch And Maybe Even Better?
posted at 3/17/2013 12:28 AM EDT
I don't think this winter was just a punt. I guess that all depends on how legitimate a chance one believes this team has to make the postseason. The team already had a solid core of players around whom to build. IMO, the pieces added are enough, provided reasonable health and reasonable good luck in terms of performance, for this team to be a serious playoff contender.
You seriously think Sox management made a big play to turn a 69 win team into a solid playoff contender in one winter? Plus, the team was actually worse than a 69 win team after the Dodger trade- a trade that will likely do nothing to add value to the 2013 team, unless Webster does something mid season.
I am certain that Ben knows our chances are low this year. He tried to keep the seats full, the cable viewership high, and no long term strings that will allow him to make the real important decisions next winter or beyond. (Basically a punt)
The last thing the FO wanted to do was to take the money freed up from Beckett, CC, and Gonzalez and reinvest it in more long term, potentially bad contracts.
Please remember, I agree with this. This FA class was weak at the top. I was not for signing anyone to ab ig deal and long years. All I said was that I'd rather have had A Sanchez than the $100M+ on the guys I listed above.
The second to last thing they wanted to do was to pocket the money, or a good bit of it, and leave fans feeling like the owners skipped out on them.
Again, I agree, but free agency was not the only way to spend the money.
They did the right thing, IMO, by signing players who can be solid contibutors, though they might have the superstar potential.
You mean "not" have superstar potential?
I still don't understand your gripe about the FO not doing anything this offseason to improve the team in 2015. There was really no "must have" free agent worthy of a long term contract this off season. As far as trading away guys like Ellsbury or Lester to get prospects in return, why would you do that if you are trying to compete in 2013?
Seriously? There was not one player availablre via free agency or trade that would help us in 2015 and beyond? You really believe that?
As for competing in 2013, the teams we might have had by following other plans would have been just as competitive in 2013 as this team, if not more so, but the difference was, we'd be better situated for 2014 or 2015 and beyond in some cases.
The contracts given this offseason were expensive, no doubt. That was the case pretty much across the board, not just with the Red Sox. However, they were all short enough in length that none of them will handcuff the team financially this year or in the future. And as has been said many times, the bet part is that they did not cost us in terms of prospects or draft picks.
Almost the exact definition of a "punt".
For those of us who think the team put together can legimitely compete, the FO did a good job this offseason for both the short and long term outlooks. Maybe I am drinking some awfully good Kool-Aid, but I can live with that. ;-)
I drank the Kool-Aid for 5 years. It sneaks up on you, and you don't even realize what it is doing to you. Yeah, you can "live with it", but living in an alternate universe is not my idea of being a realistic fan.
Too much needs to go right for this team to be legitimate contenders. You think we can overcome key injuries like the Cards did and win it all? No, we need near perfect health and bounce back years from several players to even make the playoffs. With the ages and recent histories of many of our kep players, I just don't see it happening this year. It looks like we will already be starting the year without Papi, Drew, & Breslow... maybe more.