Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part III
posted at 7/28/2012 11:19 AM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part III
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part III : I think Adrian Gonzalez is a class act and a great player. That was not it. It was that the Beltre option was better after all factors were considered IMO. When Theo goes after someone he seems single minded in his focus, ergo all the convoluted 3 team deals which fell through at the winter meeting...etc. The overbids for Crawford and Matsuzaka. He was great with the farm ...or was it Sawdaye all along?
Posted by Boomerangsdotcom[/QUOTE]
boom, in all fairness, you were for the AGon trade before you were against it.
You clearly were against letting Beltre walk for AGon.
I was totally against moving Youk to 3B at this late stage of his career as he was showing signs of fragility. However, the length of Beltre's deal was very troubling to me. Almost everyone wanted here Beltre for 2 years, so I think we should wait until Beltre's contract runs out, before we judge too harshly.
Once we signed AGon, I was in a tiny minority of posters who said we should trade Youk while "his value was high", even if we didn't re-sign Beltre. Youk had just come off his 7th straight OPS increase season. We could have got a lot for him, and the money saved on his contract could have allowed us to keep Beltre even for 3-4 years not 2. The 5th byear was and still is insane. I said this at the time, but was very cautious about Beltre's 3rd and 4th contract years (as I was towards VMart's as well.)
The choice was probably this:
1B Youk/3B Beltre
1B AGon/3b Youk
1B AGon/3B Beltre (trade Youk or let Papi walk and use Youk at DH)
Had we signed Beltre and not traded for AGon, I' m not sure we would be much better off right now:
1) Beltre missed time last year to injury while AGon played very well.
2) Where would Middlebrooks be right now? (Traded for below his value now that he was given a shot in the bigs that he´d never have gotten had Beltre been here.)
3) Beltre is 33 now and still has 3 more years on his deal. His OPS is currently 50 points lower than 2010. His OBP with Texas is 35 points lower than 2010...just as many of us projected.
4) Beltre had 79 extra base hits for us in 2010. He had 65 in 2011. He's on pace for about 67 this year.
5) Beltre's fielding is superb. No doubt.
I'd love him on this team, but unless we dealt Youk, I don' t think it would have worked. I couldn't see Theo dealing Youk "The Greek God of Walks" at the high point of his career.