Why fix anything?

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from maxbialystock. Show maxbialystock's posts

    Why fix anything?

    While I reocognize the Sox like anyone could benefit from adding a good righty bat, a solid starter, and one or more reliable bullpen arms, I would like to make the arguments on why a big deal for a very good bat or arm should be avoided.  So here they are in no particular order:

    1.  Nothing's broken.  Sox lead the AL and the AL East.  Chemistry is good.  Hitting is the best in MLB, and the pitching has been better than expected.  When Buchholz gets off the DL, they will have a pretty good rotation.  Bullpen is still a little thin, however. 

    2.  Sox already own some talented players at Pawtucket like Bogaerts, Bradley, and Middlebrooks.  Plus guys already in Boston can and will improve--see Iglesias, Nava, Miller, Tazawa, et al. 

    3.  Going out into the marketplace is fraught with danger.  The Phillies are a perfect example of improving a good team only to make it worse.  They paid a king's ransom for Papelbon, and what has it gotten them?  Same goes for Cliff Lee.  Tigers got Fielder and Verlander, both at hefty prices, and the Sox are 3 games up on them while playing a tougher schedule.  The Yankees got ARod for an insane amount of money and have one WS in like 10 years to show for it.  On the other hand, I would be dishonest if I didn't recognize the 2004 Sox benefitted from three earlier, major acquisitions--Ramirez, Ortiz, and Schilling--and the 2007 team benefitted from getting Beckett and Lowell. 

    4.  This is a rebuilding year and has gone way better than expected.  Stay the course--see reason #2. 

    And now one argument for making a trade/deal, which I do recognize.  The Sox just might have more talent in the minors than the big club can reasonably absorb.  The right deal, assuming Bogaerts isn't given away, might make sense.    And I think the Sox are comfortably under the salary cap. 

     

     
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    Re: Why fix anything?

    Why ever get an oil change? Everything is working fine.

    Two words: preventive maintenance.

    Sox4ever

     
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    Re: Why fix anything?

    In response to moonslav59's comment:

    Why ever get an oil change? Everything is working fine.

    Two words: preventive maintenance.

    Sox4ever

    B I N G O  !!!!!


     
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    Re: Why fix anything?

    If there's one area that could really use some help I think it's the bullpen.  If Uehara or Tazawa really falter we've  got some serious issues there.

     
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    In response to Bill-806's comment:

    In response to moonslav59's comment:
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    Why ever get an oil change? Everything is working fine.

    Two words: preventive maintenance.

    Sox4ever

    B I N G O  !!!!!

    [/QUOTE]

    would you change the oil half way to the next change? UNBINGO

    You need to make the right change (change of oil) at the right time not just because you want change or an addition.

    As we have seen in the past the right trade can make a whole lot of difference...Nomar

    The wrong trade can be disaster. getting Gagne/trading Bagwell

     

     
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    In response to JimfromFlorida's comment:

    In response to Bill-806's comment:

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    In response to moonslav59's comment:

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    Why ever get an oil change? Everything is working fine.

    Two words: preventive maintenance.

    Sox4ever

     

    B I N G O  !!!!!

     

     

    [/QUOTE]

    would you change the oil half way to the next change? UNBINGO

     

    You need to make the right change (change of oil) at the right time not just because you want change or an addition.

    As we have seen in the past the right trade can make a whole lot of difference...Nomar

    The wrong trade can be disaster. getting Gagne/trading Bagwell

     

    [/QUOTE]

    DOUBLE BINGO !!!!!

     
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    Re: Why fix anything?

    You always want to try and improve the team, but trades can certainly backfire on you. You can't assume that a given trade will improve the team. It could hurt now and in the future. We are doing very well , but could use an upgrade in a couple of areas. If we can't fill these internally , we can explore a trade or two. Our top half dozen or so prospects should be off limits.

     
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    Unbingo?! 

    That leads to a lot of very angry old ladies... With canes!

    "Don't you worry about blank, let me worry about blank"

     
  9. You have chosen to ignore posts from maxbialystock. Show maxbialystock's posts

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    In response to moonslav59's comment:

    Why ever get an oil change? Everything is working fine.

    Two words: preventive maintenance.

    Sox4ever



    You really need to work on your analogies, moonslav.  Getting a new player is like getting a new part, not getting an oil change.  Getting a new manager is a little like an oil change, and the Sox have already done that twice in two years.   Right now Farrell is doing a very good job with the players he has.  The chemistry on this team--like lubrication in your analogy--is pretty darn good. 

    The best move the Sox have made recently with respect to players was getting rid of three of them last year and not just any three but three stars.   In lieu of AGon, who I thought was pretty darn good in Boston, the Sox now have a catcher retread, Napoli, who so far is working out OK.  In lieu of Crawford in LF, the Sox are going with a late bloomer, Nava, who works a heckuva cheaper than the $20M/year Crawford and has been effective.  In lieu of Beckett, who was key to the 2003 and 2007 WS wins by Miami and Boston, the Sox have Dempster who at least goes to the mound when it's his turn and has been middling successful.  The Sox also added Victorino  to help the OF and as a hedge against Ellsbury leaving and Bradley not being ready.   Worthing noting is that neither Dempster nor Victorino came cheap, but so far they have been good values. 

    As I suggested in the final paragraph of my OP, I am not totally against any trade.  What I am saying is that the team is playing awfully well right now with just two all-stars, Ortiz and Pedroia.  I would love to see a great front-line starter, but believe the cost for one would be exhorbitant, maybe some combination of $25M/year and Bogaerts and maybe more.  Same goes for a really good righty bat. 

    The three choices in this situation are:  1) do nothing (which my OP half-heartedly advocates); 2) do something big and bold; 3) do something that can help but doesn't sell the farm.  I would far rather do 1 or 3 than something big and bold. 

     

     

     
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    I think it's very likely they are going to make a move for a reliever.

    This is a logical move, considering that:

    1) In the offseason they made a fairly expensive acquisition with Hanrahan, and he's a goner.  Obviously BC felt this was an area of need.

    2) It initially looked like we could tolerate the loss of Hanrahan because we had Bailey, Uehara and Tazawa all pitching well.  Then Bailey bombed out.

    3) Tazawa has had some rough outings of his own lately. 

     
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    Hfssoxnut, I agree a reliever is the most likely acquisition.  Tazawa and Miller have both come into their own this year, but they aren't enough.  Every MLB team has 7 relievers for a reason, and every single one of those relievers has the potential to wipe out the best efforts of the rest of the team.  Ironically, that didn't happen with Bailey, bad as he was.  He got 8 of 12 saves, but the Sox won 3 of the 4 games in which Bailey blew the save. 

    The problem, of course, is finding a good, reliable reliever.  Talk about panning for gold.  The best Sox reliever we all know of was Papelbon, grown from within the Sox system. 

     
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    I agree there's no reason to change right now but a solid reliever or starter I think will be a must going forward. That being said the real important part is trying to deal the prospects that you don't see as a part of the big club in the future.

     
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    Same as it ever was:  if contending, pick up a bullpen arm.  Remember when this pen was an embarassment of riches?  Pens have a way of thinning out, by iinjury and by poor performance.  So, go get a live arm, and pray he doesn't go Gagne.

     
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    Yes, we botched the Gagne trade, so let us never make another in season move.

    Preventive maintenance is doing something that does not really need to be done right now (one could put off an oil change for another day or week with no harm), but is done to prevent a greater problem later. Just because we have the best record in the AL does not mean we can't get better at some positions. To say you want to improve on a specific position, does not mean you are saying the guy(s) you have at that position are bad or even below average. It just means that if a chance arises where you can significantly improve at a position without hurting the future too much, then it may be worth taking the chance.

    Yes, all trades are a gamble, and our past is littered with trades that did not work out well, but not making a trade is gambling on the players we have now continuing as is. If you take the 3B position, as is, are we really prepared to continue on without trying to improve? The bullpen without a productive Bailey will soon feel the crunch of a lack of quality set-up men as Uehara and Tazawa each moved up a notch. Buch is hurt, Lester is struggling, and the other 3 are doing very well, but to gamble on status quo in that area is foolish. Every season, something happens to a starter. To gamble that this season will be different is being negligent.

     
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    In response to moonslav59's comment:

    Yes, we botched the Gagne trade, so let us never make another in season move.

    Preventive maintenance is doing something that does not really need to be done right now (one could put off an oil change for another day or week with no harm), but is done to prevent a greater problem later. Just because we have the best record in the AL does not mean we can't get better at some positions. To say you want to improve on a specific position, does not mean you are saying the guy(s) you have at that position are bad or even below average. It just means that if a chance arises where you can significantly improve at a position without hurting the future too much, then it may be worth taking the chance.

    Yes, all trades are a gamble, and our past is littered with trades that did not work out well, but not making a trade is gambling on the players we have now continuing as is. If you take the 3B position, as is, are we really prepared to continue on without trying to improve? The bullpen without a productive Bailey will soon feel the crunch of a lack of quality set-up men as Uehara and Tazawa each moved up a notch. Buch is hurt, Lester is struggling, and the other 3 are doing very well, but to gamble on status quo in that area is foolish. Every season, something happens to a starter. To gamble that this season will be different is being negligent.




    So, if we aquire another starter, who do you send to the pen or AAA?

     
  16. You have chosen to ignore posts from moonslav59. Show moonslav59's posts

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    Here are the deadline deals we have made since 2004:

    2004: Nomar for Cabrera and Mientkiewicz/ Henri Stanley for Dave Roberts

    2005: none

    2006: Luis Mendoza for Bryan Corey

    2007: Gabbrad, D Murphy and E Beltre for Gagne (later, got B Price as comp)

    2008: Manny, B Moss, and C Hansen for J Bay (later, got Brentz & Workman as comp)

    2009: Masterson, Hagadone and B Price for V Martinez (later, got Barnes and Owens as comp)/ LaRoche for Kotchman

    2010: R Mendez, C McGuiness, and M Thomas for Salty/ R Ramirez for D Turpen

    2011: T Federowicz, S Fife, and J Rodriguez for Bedard

    2012:  Matt Albers & Podsednik for C Breslow / Lars Anderson for S Wright

    (In August, we traded Shoppach for Beato and the big Dodger trade)

     

     

     
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    Sox could use a regular 3rd baseman, Iglesias moving to SS fulltime, another starting pitcher as moon is right that both Buchholz and Lester have been breaking down, and certainly a quality veteran reliever who has some save ability to backup Uehara. Aceves, who I think was about a click of the firing squad guns close to being released, is all of a sudden a commodity again. So yeah, they need some fixing even with 50 wins.

     
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    In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:

    If there's one area that could really use some help I think it's the bullpen.  If Uehara or Tazawa really falter we've  got some serious issues there.




    This is the prime weakness of the team. We cannot afford to have the 12th ranked pen in the AL. If help does not arrive Taz and Uehara will get overused and will burn out. Bailey is a wart out there and should be hidden at AAA for a while to see if he can get his act together and to free up a bullpen spot for a productive pitcher. And if Buchholtz does not come around we will also need help with SP.

     
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    Yes, we botched the Gagne trade, so let us never make another in season move.

    Preventive maintenance is doing something that does not really need to be done right now (one could put off an oil change for another day or week with no harm), but is done to prevent a greater problem later. Just because we have the best record in the AL does not mean we can't get better at some positions. To say you want to improve on a specific position, does not mean you are saying the guy(s) you have at that position are bad or even below average. It just means that if a chance arises where you can significantly improve at a position without hurting the future too much, then it may be worth taking the chance.

    Yes, all trades are a gamble, and our past is littered with trades that did not work out well, but not making a trade is gambling on the players we have now continuing as is. If you take the 3B position, as is, are we really prepared to continue on without trying to improve? The bullpen without a productive Bailey will soon feel the crunch of a lack of quality set-up men as Uehara and Tazawa each moved up a notch. Buch is hurt, Lester is struggling, and the other 3 are doing very well, but to gamble on status quo in that area is foolish. Every season, something happens to a starter. To gamble that this season will be different is being negligent.

     




    So, if we aquire another starter, who do you send to the pen or AAA?

    First of all, I am not for making any old trade just for the sake of it.

    Second, I do not want to trade top prospects for a 2 month rental, so that limits the options severley.

    Third, I'd prefer to make a deal that brings us a player that is under team control or agrees to be extended as part of the deal beyond 2014.

    Now, back to your question. There is 4 weeks before the deadline and a lot can change in that time. We should know more about Buchholz and Lester by then, but if one is questionable, standing pat is basically close giving up on this season. Let's assume the best, a mistake in MLB, but for argument's sake, here it goes:

    If we traded prospects for a starting pitcher, we'd be...

    1) Getting insurance against Buch or Lester having further issues or Lackey, Dempster or Doubront getting hurt or falling off a cliff.

    2) Doubront may hit a wall at some point this year, especially if we go deep into the playoffs. He's on pace for 170+ IP for just the regular season. He could be moved to the pen as a long relief specialist/spot starter, but as of right now, he deserves to stay in the roitation (assuming he is not part of the trade that upgrades our rotation).

    3) Our top pitchers, if healthy, right now are:

    SP: Buch, Lackey, Demp, Doub, Lester, Aceves (LR)  (AAA: Webster/Wright/DLR)

    RP: Uehara, Tazawa, Breslow, Miller, Bailey (?), Morales (inj), (AAA: Wilson/Beato/Bard/de la Torre)

    If we go with 12 pitchers, and everyone is healthy at the deadline (unlikely), I'd try and trade Bailey or Morales or send Bailey to AAA (assuming he hasn't redeemed himself by the 31st). My guess is, we don't trade for a starter, unless Buch or Lester are still having serious issues. We may trade for a pen arm, especially if Bailey has not come around, and Uehara is getting too many innings.

    I think the most likely trade will involve a 3Bman who hist lefties very well, but does OK ve RHPs as well (A Ramirez or maybe M Young).

    I'm not advocating any trades right now. I have mentioned a few possible moves, but have said that I am not necessarily for the trades at this point. By July 31st, we should have a better idea of what we need, or what options are out tehre to improve at some slots without hurting others more (including our farm).

    Does this worry you?

    Team ERA:

    April: 3.58

    May:  4.00

    June: 4.13

    or this?

    last 28 days: 4.31

    last 14 days: 4.91

    If we continue at somewhere between 4.31 and 4.91 through July, would you want to explore possible upgrades?

     

     

     

    Sox4ever

     
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    Does this worry you?

    Team ERA:

    April: 3.58

    May:  4.00

    June: 4.13

    or this?

    last 28 days: 4.31

    last 14 days: 4.91

     

    Yes.

     

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  21. You have chosen to ignore posts from ThefourBs. Show ThefourBs's posts

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    In response to moonslav59's comment:

    Yes, we botched the Gagne trade, so let us never make another in season move.

    Preventive maintenance is doing something that does not really need to be done right now (one could put off an oil change for another day or week with no harm), but is done to prevent a greater problem later. Just because we have the best record in the AL does not mean we can't get better at some positions. To say you want to improve on a specific position, does not mean you are saying the guy(s) you have at that position are bad or even below average. It just means that if a chance arises where you can significantly improve at a position without hurting the future too much, then it may be worth taking the chance.

    Yes, all trades are a gamble, and our past is littered with trades that did not work out well, but not making a trade is gambling on the players we have now continuing as is. If you take the 3B position, as is, are we really prepared to continue on without trying to improve? The bullpen without a productive Bailey will soon feel the crunch of a lack of quality set-up men as Uehara and Tazawa each moved up a notch. Buch is hurt, Lester is struggling, and the other 3 are doing very well, but to gamble on status quo in that area is foolish. Every season, something happens to a starter. To gamble that this season will be different is being negligent.

     




    So, if we aquire another starter, who do you send to the pen or AAA?

    First of all, I am not for making any old trade just for the sake of it.

    Second, I do not want to trade top prospects for a 2 month rental, so that limits the options severley.

    Third, I'd prefer to make a deal that brings us a player that is under team control or agrees to be extended as part of the deal beyond 2014.

    Now, back to your question. There is 4 weeks before the deadline and a lot can change in that time. We should know more about Buchholz and Lester by then, but if one is questionable, standing pat is basically close giving up on this season. Let's assume the best, a mistake in MLB, but for argument's sake, here it goes:

    If we traded prospects for a starting pitcher, we'd be...

    1) Getting insurance against Buch or Lester having further issues or Lackey, Dempster or Doubront getting hurt or falling off a cliff.

    2) Doubront may hit a wall at some point this year, especially if we go deep into the playoffs. He's on pace for 170+ IP for just the regular season. He could be moved to the pen as a long relief specialist/spot starter, but as of right now, he deserves to stay in the roitation (assuming he is not part of the trade that upgrades our rotation).

    3) Our top pitchers, if healthy, right now are:

    SP: Buch, Lackey, Demp, Doub, Lester, Aceves (LR)  (AAA: Webster/Wright/DLR)

    RP: Uehara, Tazawa, Breslow, Miller, Bailey (?), Morales (inj), (AAA: Wilson/Beato/Bard/de la Torre)

    If we go with 12 pitchers, and everyone is healthy at the deadline (unlikely), I'd try and trade Bailey or Morales or send Bailey to AAA (assuming he hasn't redeemed himself by the 31st). My guess is, we don't trade for a starter, unless Buch or Lester are still having serious issues. We may trade for a pen arm, especially if Bailey has not come around, and Uehara is getting too many innings.

    I think the most likely trade will involve a 3Bman who hist lefties very well, but does OK ve RHPs as well (A Ramirez or maybe M Young).

    I'm not advocating any trades right now. I have mentioned a few possible moves, but have said that I am not necessarily for the trades at this point. By July 31st, we should have a better idea of what we need, or what options are out tehre to improve at some slots without hurting others more (including our farm).

    Does this worry you?

    Team ERA:

    April: 3.58

    May:  4.00

    June: 4.13

    or this?

    last 28 days: 4.31

    last 14 days: 4.91

    If we continue at somewhere between 4.31 and 4.91 through July, would you want to explore possible upgrades?

     

     

     

    Sox4ever




    Yup.

    The failure of Bailey, Tazawa's struggles and Buchholz on the DL accuonts for most of the rise in ERA.


    You're right, there's still time to see how the bullpen continues to shake out and if Lester and Buchholz can get back to where they were earlier in the year.

    Getting Buchholz back and having Bailey figure out why he's giving up HR would go a long way to improving team ERA.

     
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    Re: Why fix anything?

    Even with Buch missing time, and a couple other missed starts here and there, this starting rotation has been relatively healthy compared to recent years. I'm not sure if it is wise to expect it to stay this way or get even better.

    Here are the number of games started by our #6 or lower starters in recent years:

    2013: 11 - (on pace for about 22)- Aceves 6, Webster 4, & Morales 1

    2012: 56 - Doub 29, Cook 18, Morales 9 (assuming Dice-K and Bard as in 1-5)

    2011: 52 - Wake 23, Miller 12, Bedard 8, Weiland 5, Aceves 4 

    2010: 23  - Wake 19, Doubront 3, Atchison 1

    2009: 54 - Wake 21, Buch 16, Masterson 6, Byrd 6, Tazawa 4, Bowden 1

    2008: 34 - Buch 15, Masterson 9, Byrd 8, Pauley 2

    As you can see, we have been healthier in our starting rotation this year than any year since 2007. 3 of the last 4 seasons has seen us need over 52 starts from non top 5 starters!

    I hope we have no more injuries, but not planning for them is a bigger gamble than trading for one and having him not do well or not be needed.

     

    Sox4ever

     
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    I know I'll probanly catch a lot of flak for this post but need I remind folks that Eric Gagne at the time the Sox picked him up looked to be on the way to successfully resurecting his career after a lost two seasons to injury. When he came from Texas he obviously wasn't the overly dominant closer he had been in his monster years with the Dodgers but in 34 games which is certainly not a small sample he had an era of 2.15, whip of 1.05 and 16 saves but unfortunately that success was short lived, but at the time I'm sure a lot of us thought, including myself that Gagne was at least a very good closer based on his time in Texas.  Of course in hindsight the deal turned out to be a disaster, but isn't hindsight wonderful. 

     

     

    Just my extremely ignorant, conservatively liberal, all knowing, pervasive, practically meaningless and but extremely intellectual points of view.

    Hetch   

     
  24. You have chosen to ignore posts from maxbialystock. Show maxbialystock's posts

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    In response to moonslav59's comment:

    Yes, we botched the Gagne trade, so let us never make another in season move.

    Preventive maintenance is doing something that does not really need to be done right now (one could put off an oil change for another day or week with no harm), but is done to prevent a greater problem later. Just because we have the best record in the AL does not mean we can't get better at some positions. To say you want to improve on a specific position, does not mean you are saying the guy(s) you have at that position are bad or even below average. It just means that if a chance arises where you can significantly improve at a position without hurting the future too much, then it may be worth taking the chance.

    Yes, all trades are a gamble, and our past is littered with trades that did not work out well, but not making a trade is gambling on the players we have now continuing as is. If you take the 3B position, as is, are we really prepared to continue on without trying to improve? The bullpen without a productive Bailey will soon feel the crunch of a lack of quality set-up men as Uehara and Tazawa each moved up a notch. Buch is hurt, Lester is struggling, and the other 3 are doing very well, but to gamble on status quo in that area is foolish. Every season, something happens to a starter. To gamble that this season will be different is being negligent.




    Stop it with the preventive maintenance analogy.  Oil changes are necessary, and not doing them can permanently damage the engine and even take away the warranty.   They are not optional. 

    The Sox are not required by any stretch of the imagination to go out and get a bunch of players or even just one or two.  They are playing great ball and leading the the world in runs scored and the AL by a game or two and the American League East by 3.5 games.  They just took 3 of 4 from a good club, Toronto, without having their two best starters, Buchholz and Lackey, available. 

    The Sox to date have shown tremendous depth both in Boston and in the farm system, and there are still good players at Pawtucket waiting for a shot and among them are one potentially terrific righty bat in Bogaerts and one good righty bat currently back there because he stumbled this year. 

    Meanwhile, the fourth string thirdbaseman after Middlebrooks, now at AAA, after Iglesias, now at SS in Boston, and after Ciriaco, recently traded, just got two hits including a three run double to basically win the game for the Sox.  I mention the thirdbaseman in particular because you keep insisting that position is almost broken and badly needs fixing with a good righty bat.  And you make fixing third base absolutely essential by likening it to an oil change on a car.  One can almost hear the commercial for Fram oil filters, "you can pay now or pay later."  

    It's absolutely true the bullpen has lost Hanrahan and, inexplicably (for now), Bailey.  But the good news is other guys like Miller and Tazawa have stepped up.  I personally would agree another good arm would be good to have, but I  can't remember the last time the Sox traded for or otherwise acquired a good reliever who panned out.  Everybody wants one or more good relievers, and the warning, "buyer beware," should be stamped on every reliever who is suddenly available, and that especially includes Papelbon, who is way overpaid. 

    I don't mind hearing the argument that a smart acquisition this month could help the club.  What I strenuously object to is the oil change analogy which basically says the Sox will collapse without one or more important acquisitions--a great bat, a great starter, a great reliever, whatever. 

     

     

     
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    Re: Why fix anything?

    Beware of the grass is greener syndrome. We like to think that the other team's players are somehow better. This is how you get burned. I don't mind us trying to fill a couple of holes , as long as we do not give up any of our better prospects. Some of these prospects may be ready to help right now or at least before the season ends.  I remember before the season, many wanted to trade for a top shortstop. Well , right now Starlin Castro is batting.230 , and Elvis Andrus is batting .240.  Jose Iglesias is batting .415.  Don't always covet thy neighbor's goods. 

    Stabbed by Foulke.

     
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