Re: Why has nothing been done about the SP?
posted at 12/10/2012 10:10 PM EST
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
I'm sure they will add a starter. There's no excuse for not doing so. The 2012 rotation had the highest ERA in franchise history and we have plenty of payroll room.
Therein is the rub, at least for me. Worst ERA in franchise history and Ben seems to be content to go to battle with the same warriors because he now has Farrell in the saddle and an injured Lackey returning to health. He needs a top of the rotation starter to get us quality innings for the next couple of years while Owens, Barnes, Webster, De LaRosa and perhaps a Pat Light to develop (hopefully into really good starters).
And I do not see Dempster as an upgrade for anyone. Depth yes, but upgrade, no.
As far as trades go. Perhaps there is an overpaid starter of some real value, who is in the last year of his contract, who pitches on a team that already knows they are going nowhere who will accept Aceves, Salty and Ells in return, but that is highly (if you haven't sensed my sarcasm already) unlikely. I say open the wallet for Sanchez, who I was (and stated at the time) disappointed they traded away, and if it is for 5 years, then so be it. Lester and Lackey will not likely be around in 5 years, but the Sox will still need a few anchors in their rotation to pitch along side their newbies, even if 50% of them develop to their ceiling (an entirely unrealistic percentage). I would, however, hold out for an injury provision, much like Lackey's.
Ben, don't let Lackey's contract dissuade you. There are good starters that are worth overpaying in the last two years of their contract for the three or four years that they make your team a top notch team (see Sabatthia, CC). And the Beckett faux pas was giving him an extension. With his personality, it meant to him that he could rest on his laurels and do whatever he pleased. Not all FA pitchers take their money and grow fat and bullheaded. If FA is the way you want to go, and I believe it is, then you have to overpay. That is a given. I'd rather you overpay for pitching, based on recent experience (see Crawford, C.). Mostly because pitching is what you need the most, and oh so badly.
Besides, we do not know the extent of the Lackey disaster, as he has not played out his contract. The injury provision reduced the amount per season. If Lackey ends up picking up where he left off before succumbing to the injury he seemed destined to succumb to, then you get value out of that deal pretty much commensurate with the price paid, considering what inflation has done to the pitching market.