Re: Why do Sox do these things?
posted at 1/17/2012 11:57 PM EST
In Response to Re: Why do Sox do these things?
[QUOTE]I can almot guarantee anyone that two of those three will start with the Sox, thus they will be paid bif league money. Remember Smoltz and Peny had pretty much the same deals and they started the season with the Sox. Yes maybe by oswalt's not yet signing with anyone that drops his asking price, but again why don't the Sox play the waiting game with him, then sign him when his price gets low enough? Now is he healthy and will he be able to help any team, that is probably a question, and probably won't know that until spring training, but some team will step up and sign him, and if healthy he is much better than the three that the Sox signed. Wouldn't the Sox just be better off just trying to get their young pitches ready to pitch in Big Leagues, rather than signing over the hill, washed up veterans? Heck in Cook and Silva'x prime they were very average at best, let's not think they are getting better with age.
Posted by peanutandme[/QUOTE]
If 2 of the 3 pitch for the Sox, then clearly they were not bad signings. These depth signings are for when starters get hurt. Should the Sox sign Oswalt, who takes over if Buchholz goes down? Oswalt twice? Or who takes over if Oswalt himself gets hurt? You need those depth signings as more of a “just in case”. They have zero impact on whether or not the team signs another starter and more of an impact when the inevitable injuries start to settle in.
As for the younger pitchers, they are getting them ready, but as with any team, most of them won’t be any good. Everyone always wants to “see what the kids can do” but no one likes it when the kids cannot do anything. Did Kyle Weiland and his 4-inning exits help this team in any way last year? And you can’t pin him on the staff “not getting him ready;” they’ve been doing that his whole minor league career. He, like many others, simply was not very good, at least not right away.
And Smoltz and Penny did NOT have the same deals. Both of them received major league contracts from the Sox and were going to get their money regardless of performance. Cook, Silva, etc. only get their money if they prove they are capable of earning it. There is a HUGE difference. Also, don’t forget, neither pitcher is guaranteed to get the call if a pitcher is needed. So if someone goes down and creates an opening in the rotation, the Sox are not obligated to recall Cook or Silva. If one of the minor league minimum guys, like Wilson or Tazawa, is doing better, he can be called up instead. This just gives the Sox more options when they need them most.
I also think you underestimate Aaron Cook, who is actually a pretty good pitcher and, if he is actually healthy for once, could be a very solid addition to this team. A healthy Cook would easily take the fifth starter spot in Spring Training, but he has been slowed by injuries the last couple seasons. With him, it’s more of a gamble on his health, and if he doesn’t pan out, he can opt out on either May 1 or June 1 and in that case, will cost the Sox $20K per month, which is the Luxury Tax Equivalent of peanuts, as your moniker should tell you…