Re: Why are people so shocked by these free agent signings?
posted at 12/6/2012 12:24 AM EST
In response to georom4's comment:
Who did Ben sign for the 2012 season or trade for that would make anyone hopeful about his GM ability to field a good squad? meloncon? bailey? Lillibridge? Morteson? Breslow? Punto?
Ross was his sole good move. His ability to build a team is obvious (look at the record)....
That money he spent on those vet salamies (d ross, shane, gomes) could have easily paid for Hamilton and had enough left over for a fifth year....
2011 was more about cleaning up the mess that Theo left behind. You know this, yet you and a few others TRY to use this as amunition in a feeble attempt to bash BC. You dont have to trust him, But At least be fair in your judgement. BV was not his choice and there was a limited payroll. You can try and use 2012 as a measure of his success, but Most of us realize what the situation really was.
If you think Youk or scoot was going to bring back anything of real value, you were fooling yourself. Although Mort has turned out to be pretty good. Youk was/is oft injured and in a steep decline. We werent getting a lot for him. Breslow is a solid LHP in the pen who can get RH and LHH out. Good vet leadership too. Melancon, although started out tough for him, finished the year strong with that outing in Yankee stadium. He came through in a very big pressure situation and shut them down with 1 out and bases loaded, not allowing a run. I liked what I saw from the 3 I just mentioned.
This wont stop those who just dont like BC from finding things to criticize him about though.
If your wary of his GM skills, then that alone is valid. No need to create something that is far worse than it really is. He has more exp than Theo in that hes a scouting and development guy who has held almost every position the last 15 years within the Sox system. He knows everybody in MLB and knows his job better than you and some others would like to believe.
You may not like this teams plan for 2013 AND THE FUTUTRE, and thats ok. Some seem to have short term vision and are only thinking about 2013. For them its not all about 2013 but the future years ahead.
Small contracts for solid ballplayers with good clubhouse presence and leadership. Did they overpay? Of course, but thats the price to pay when your only willing to go 3 years. SV was offered 11M per for 4 years, so that was a 2M per overpay. Fine. Naps wouldve got 10-12M. another overpay to get 3 years. Ross, same thing. Gomes is a cheaper version of Ross. All these players are highly spoken of. Its not about getting the best player on the market (they tried that route already and it blew up in Theos face). Its about getting quality players who play hard and getting this clubhouse culture changed. these guys just signed will be 33-34 when their contacts are up. Im Ok with that. Its not like hamiltion, who will be 37-38 and the end of his deal if he gets his 5-7 years.
I, like everyone here, cant make an honest assessment until the team is assembled. I like the direction its going better than where it was headed the last 3 years. It reminds me of the 2003 off season. Not the "big names", but guys who fit Boston and are good clubhouse guys.