figured I would stop by but yea case study 2011-2012 Redsox, I mean the team in paper was soo damn good.
Opening Day lineup was
That was for 2011, I mean think about Ellsbury who put up his monster season, and they still missed the playoffs.
Then they basically shut the door on that team the day they hired Bobby V
FA signings are necessary, but trades and the farm, and minor signings seem to be most effective.
2004 The sox had signed Damon, Manny, Pedro, and Ortiz as FAs in the year leading up to 2004. I mean FA signings are a lot easier when you get players that are in their prime (at the time of the signings) and are considered top 5 players/Pitchers of their time (Manny, and Pedro). Then a borderline HOF guy in Ortiz (who they signed for nothing), and then Damon who was probably the riskiest signing, but turned out well.
But they also made key trades, trading for Schilling, the Nomar Trade, the minor signings like again Ortiz, Mueller, Millar.
really the only farm guys on that team were varitek, Lowe, Arroyo, and Nixon.
I guess my point is, there is no right way to do it, you just got to be getting the right players to fit in on a chemistry level and production level.
I mean Manny's antics could have been a huge problem for some players, but the sox got guys that kind of made the weird attitude the normal.
The yankees won in 09 because they got a lot of talent, and I think Arod finally learned to shut the **** up a little bit in the media. I mean when you think about it, it took like 4 years for the whole Arod/Jeter feud (whether real or media driven) to subside.
Long post I know
Jackie Bradley Junior.... that is all