We need to finish off cleaning house. We have to avoid FA deals that are not high ROI - very tough with this FA crop.
We have some goods to deal for other things we need more, BC should be OK at these.
We musn't blow up the farm OR buy long term high priced FA's both will make getting the hole we are in last longer.
So, obviously we need to move in the right direction, but we should not charge ahead mindlessly. The risks are too high, the payoff too meager for 2013.
Why are you trying to put words in my mouth. My map would say something like this for wins: 81, 86, 93, 95 over the next 4 years.You honestly think the red sox could afford to be uncompetitive for 2-3 more years
We had a very productive farm in 2005-2007, relatively reasonable budgets, and we had the best pitching staff in Boston history since 1918, a very strong line-up of low budget FA, high budget FA, and good home grown players. Once the spiggot slowed down, we went on the mad FA spree - very much like the one you seem to favor, and look at where we are now?
I agree, and since I never advocated 2-3 years of losing - I have no idea of why you are lecturing me.the main source of income for the red sox is adtvertising and the pink hats and 2-3 more years of losing would be devastating to both.
How much research have you done on Napoli? Did you notice in 5 out of 7 of his seasons his OPS+ has been: 107, 110, 110, 115, 120) How about the fact that he's a below average defensive catcher that is aging and has suffered injuries? BRS fans are wild on the guy because he has brained BRS pitching in Fenway. If I could get the guy for 3 years for $18M I'd be all over it, but it's liable to be $27M+ for those years - no thanks.Its going to be harder and harder to sign free agent elite bats and elite arms as teams are locking up players to long term contracts during there arb years. And who cares how if they signed Hamilton for 4/100 and Napoli to 3/39 if it doesnt effect there payroll flexiblity, and unless you are and investor or owner it shouldn't matter
What about Hamilton? His D has started dropping big time, he's at best a LF now. He's got an incredibly addictive personality. Horse, booze, and god. And him going into physical decline shortly (32 in May), with some injury concerns. He's liable to be $130M for 5 years - no thanks. It's simply bad business.
You forgot about Ortiz.enough of defending my suggestions, what exactly is your plan? let me guess let the youngsters play and sign low salary complimentary free agents like they did in 2004(papi,millar,mueller), only problem with that is they had an elite bat(manny ramirez 8/160) in the middle of the lineup that was the driving force.
Let's try common sense 101. If want you want isn't available in FA and getting harder to find, you don't cut off your your top specs for mid talent players. If Ortiz and Ramirez circa 2003 can't be gotten in FA, you don't buy into high risk guys like Hamilton and pretend that they are. You do what is appropriate. You don't act like high anxiety case that has to act to cut the anxiety.