In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Trades should not be definitively judged until after all players' year's of control are gone. That being said, here are my ranking based on hindsight, cost, and 2013 numbers.
A+ Albers & Podsednik >> Breslow (got Podsednik back later off waivers)
B+ Lars Anderson >> S Wright
B Shoppach> > Beato
A+ AGon, Crawford, Beckett & Punto >> Loney (later released) , Web, DLR, Sands, & De Jesus
A Re-signed D Ortiz ($26M/2)
D Signed D Ross ($6.2M/2)
C- Signed J Gomes ($10M/2)
C- Signed Victorino ($39M/3)
A+ Signed Uehara ($4.25M plus one more arb year)
D+ Signed Dempster ($26.5M/2)
C- Signed S Drew ($9.5M/1)
F Melancon, Pimental, Sands, DeJesus >> Hanrahan ($7.04M) & Holt
A Signed Breslow ($6.25M/2)
B- Sign Napoli (will probably make $11.5 to $13M)
C Signed Overbay (later released)
A+ Cash>> M Carp ($.508M and 3 more arbs)
B B Jacobs >> M Thornton ($6M club option in '14/$1M buyout)
? J Iglesias, Montas, Wendelken, & Rondon >> Peavy ($14.5M in '14) & Villareal
Are you basing your grades soley on performance? I think some intangibles should be considered too. I understand that the numbers are what most go by, but what a player brings to a team besides numbers is also factored in with GM's, so I believe it should be factored in here. If it hasnt been already of course.
Yes, context was not part of my grades. Injuries and missed time factored in to the grades as well. The performance vs salary cost was also a factor- fair or not.
I counted the Papi signing as a move, since he was not under team control after 2012.
To me, the only major good moves after the Dodger trade were Pap, Uehara, and Carp, but with Carp's minimal playing time this year, one could call that a minor deal.
The borderline deals:
Napoli: he will likely make $12-12.5M this year. He is close to earning that pay.
Victorino: has missed a lot of time and not done really well when he does play. His defense has been very good, but at $13M a year, I think he could be considered as not earning his money thus far.
Dempster: has had tough run support, but at $13.5M/yr, I think his numbers do not meet the expectations.
Drew: at $9.5M has missed too much time to be considered a plus at that cost. He has fielded better than I expected and has heated things up a bit at the plate, so like many of these grades, they can be improved upon over the rest of the deal.
Ross, Gomes, Hanrahan, Thornton, and the Breslow signing are probably not considered major moves. The first 3 are not net plauses so far, the last 2 look good so far.
As I have stated several times over the years, fair or not, GMs in every sport are judged mainly in hindsight. An unforeseen injury to a normally healthy player can kill a GMs reputation and success. Many of these deals still have a way to go, before they can be definitively judges as successes or failures or somewhere inbetween.
Quite frankly, I am a bit shocked we are in first place without any of Victorino, Napoli, Dempster, Drew, or Hanrahan really being a big net plus. I didn't think we had much of a chance even if these guys did better than they have so far. I expected better numbers from Hanrahan, Gomes, Ross, and Dempster. I expected about what we got from Napoli, Drew, and Victorino. Almost nobody picked up last winter has greatly exceeded my expectations, and yet here we are in first place, except for Carp! Uehara has done about what I expected, but since becomming the closer and is on pace for more IP that assumed, I'd say he has now exceeded expectations.
The players that have exceeded expectations are mostly players that we had before last winter:
Breslow, Workman, Beato, Britton.
Players close to expectations:
Ellsbury, Pedroia, Buchholz (injury subtracted)
Players under expectations:
Middlebrooks, Lester, Bailey, Aceves, Mortensen, Morales
Ok, fair enough..
I would give a couple better gardes. Not a big difference, but I cant give Ross a D because he has a concussion. probably an incomplete. Thats an injury that I cant hold against a player. I also think Gomes has been a big + to the clubhouse and much better on defense than I thought. C to B-Drews D is better than some here thought and Id probably do a strainght C or B- with him right now. Id give Naps a C because hes below his norms and his K rate is through the roof.
Overall we pretty much agree on the acquisitions/moves that Ben has made. I like how hes doing things so far.