In response to solareclipse's comment:
What's been on the Table:
Ellsbury - did the Red Sox really make a written offer of 100 million plus? I don't believe it for a n-second, but I'm glad the Yankees took care of this guaranteed disaster that so many Red Sox fans wanted to sign up for the 7 year's in assisted living plan that isn't covered on the "exchange"
Salty - Defensive problems put the no confidence status on him when everything was on the line. This was known to a few and ignored by many. 3 Years and 21 million guranteed was taken off the table when AJ and 7 million was...............
AJ - ........... (been) on the table There was no real choice to be made, here, with AJ and Ross moving another year closer to a solid farm talent of catchers. Spending 14 million in 2015 and 2016 on Salty is more than a Hollywood Squares to block, it's plain stupidity
Napoli - This second to Koji solid 2013 1 year low cost contract move has given way to the emotion of what was, and is now a 32 million and 16 million a year deal for a 32 year old guy who has only played more than 114 games twice in the last 5 seasons. His highest slugging percentage in the last 2 years is .482 and he's averaged 24 homers and 74 RBI's in the last 2 years.
Somehow, from 2013 to 2014 and 2015, the import of the same medical records that nixed a 3 year deal into a 1 year deal have somehow changed now because medication and one year of holding up well means it's now prudent to go 2 years and 32 million? Really? This was the best move out there?
Is 16 million a year for 2 years really the best buy out there?
Anyone going to be suprised when the "great clubhouse guy" becomes the PR drumbeat after this deal moves near year 2? Did all those good but not great teams that didn't win it all in a given season, was missing "great clubhouse guy(s)" the missing link;)
What's never even been seriously considered as the altnerative to what's been on the table or is now on the table, as an alternative to:
Hart- 6 million for 1 year plus incentives. Doesn't this sound familiar? Think Beltre and Napoli 2013. Hart missed the entire 2013 season after January surgery to his left knee, but had a:
133 and 120 OPS+ in his prior 2 seasons
Napoli's last 2 years 113 and 129 OPS+
So, why wasn't 6 million and Hart and a draft pick on the table over Napoli and 32 million and no draft pick?
Hart is a year younger and both have injury issues.
Rajai Davis- 2 years and 10 million total for a better hitter for LP than Ellsbury and a perfect bridge to and compliment to Bradley. With Nava and Bradley and Gomes and Victorino, what's the point in having Carp as opposed to promoting Bradley and signing Davis? Davis completely replaces Ellsbury's cumalative steals, which is about the only thing that his supporters could talk about as this "we can't repace that".
Davis was so cheap that with his age 33 and speed he's about as easy a veteran to trade at anytime, as possible. I venture to say that he's one of the few vetreran FA cases where he appreciated in trade value the moment the Tigers signed him, not that anything but getting another team to pay the rest of his small contract is all that should have mattered.
Now, let's look at the only thing left on the table, which makes no sense whatsoever.
Bogaerts has an .893 OPS in the post season, and we don't need to even mention Drew in the post season. During the season, Drew's .777 OPS may look impressive, but does anyone think that Bogaerts won't be near or above that next season?
Middlebrooks has one partial season with an .835 OPS and 2 partial seasons and 32 homers. At age 25 and virtually zero cost, what's the point in paying 10 million a year or guaranteeing the 31 year old Drew 20 to 30 million or more? So that Bogaerts can move to 3rd and Middlebrooks traded after one big season and one down season where he still hit for the same pop? The Red Sox don't have a DH signed for 2015 and Napoli is on a 2 year contract and the Red Sox have Cecchini (lefty high OPB low pop) on the farm.
Draft pick and Middlebrooks and Bogaerts and virtual zero cost vs. Drew and 10M a year and 20 to 30M?
Why on earth is this even a decision!
Since Ellsbury and Salty packed their bags for more money, why on earth is "the clubhouse" magic have anything to do with telling Drew to unpack his bags to get the Red Sox to match more money from some other team?
And this defense that is being throw out about Drew. His UZR in this last 2 years is a negative 1.7, and his 2013 UZR was 11th out of 21 SS. Hardly a basis to fork out 10 million a year and lose a draft pick. Bogaerts UZR is 1.8, which is better than Drew's 2 year UZR.
Middlebrooks has a HR for every 19 AB's, and costs virtual zero for years to come.
Why on earth make it a competition between Bogaerts and Middlebrooks, in a blocking contest?
Choosing Napoli over Hart is one thing. Doing nothing on Davis and making Nava sit some for Carp, but still considering Drew? You can't be serious!
I dont mind the nap deal, but I was campaigning for har on a similar deal like naps had this year. Either one I would have been fine with.
I wanted Justin Ruggiano to be a nice RH compliment for JBJ and someone who can play every OF position with solid defense. he also has some "pop"in his bat and would have cost us someone like Castellanos who was just DFA'd. sigh. He makes like 1.8M and is under control for a couple more seasons.
Although I liked the Drew idea last year, this year is much different. I want Xander to jump in with both feet and be our starting SS. No moving from SS to 3b. I want Middy to play FT at 3b also. I have a good feeling about him in 2014. Not AS numbers, but something along the lines of 270 .320. 480 and 25HR I think would be realistic numbers to attain for Middy.