In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
This winter was just a punt.
Keeping some fans excited enough to believe we have a significant chance, while putting off any major decision for at least 11 months (from the Dodger trade to the deadline this year at the earliest).
I can't see getting excited about doing nothing this winter to make us better in 2015. I'd have at least understood if we'd gone out and tried to build a winner in 2013 in one winter, but it's all window dressing.
This board will be crawling with posters flipping and flopping or making excuses once reality sinks in: we wasted about $100M this winter to maybe reach .500, and not one dollar will help us in 2015 and beyond. Yeah, maybe that's over-simplifying, maybe we'll trade one of these newbies at the deadline for a decent prospect or two, but at this point, I'm not drinking the Kool-Aid or putting on the pink glasses.
This team did not improve it's future since the Dodger trade; it kept it the same.
This team is not a legitimate contender in 2013; stop kidding yourselves.
Miracles can and do happen, and I will be rooting for one this summer, but the Kool-Aid is all gone in my house.
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.
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. 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. They did the right thing, IMO, by signing players who can be solid contibutors, though they might have the 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?
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.
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 agree 100% Kimmi. This offseason was just phase 1 of a longer term plan. Once they figure out what value they can put on certain peospects and players this year, then they will move forward woth the next part of the plan.