Re: De La Rosa and Webster
posted at 2/27/2013 1:14 AM EST
Well, I did call the deal "possibly the Sox best deal of my lifetime."
I was alive for the Pedro, Schilling and VTek/Lowe deals, so I'd say I was pretty excited. (To be fair, I did say, I thought it was a good trade even without any prospects in return.)
I wasn't calling you out on that Moon. And, I also thought it a good trade soley based on the salary dump ... but, help me out here moon: Do you think getting De La Rosa and Webster had any potential effect on 2014 and beyond?
Yes, I did. I thought both of these guys wers much closer to the bigs than Barnes, and maybe with the same or more upside. Our pitching prospects were not very highly rated before the deal. Ranaudo slipped some.
What I read about DLR and Webster really got me excited, and the fact that they come from a system known for producing good young SPs made me more confident that at least one would turn out to be special. It hasn't happened yet, but again, the salary dump of close to $250M can end up amounting to a boatload of talent. I'm not that happy with what we spent already but some of this money can be attributed to the loss of Dice-K and others as well...
$10M Gomes (Better than Cody Ross' contract)
$6.2M D Ross (OK with me)
$5M+ Napoli (OK @ 1 year)
$4.25M Uehara (Great, but just 1 year deal during a bridge season)
I would not have spent the $79M on the 3 underlined players, but I'm OK with the other $20.5M.
Basically, we've spent about $100M out of the $240 we saved on the Dodger trade. I hope we do better with the next $140M, or we will need DLR and/or Webster to shine to make it stay a great deal. However, one could put it like this:
Would you trade AGon for DLR, Webster, part of Hanrahan & Holt (for Sands), Victorino, Dempster, Naps, Drew, Gomes, Ross, Uehara, and $140M to spend over the next 4-5 years?