Re: Deadline Deal
posted at 7/27/2012 2:47 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Deadline Deal
[QUOTE]This weekend will determine what the Sox will do, on or before the Trade Deadline. Yanks take 2 or sweep, this team will be selling and they will take offers on anyone.
Posted by bobbysu[/QUOTE]
Hopefully they simply decide to gear up for next season. A complete implosion of the roster, while in demand of the fans and media, would be an awful thing.
Cafardo and company might demand everyone go, but they like it whn this team is losing. It gives them more nightly gore to write about.
Fans might want to see Beckett and Lester bth go, but this is unlikely, and extemely detrimental to this franchise. The Sox don't haveanyone ready to step into the top of the rotation, so who becomes the #1 and #2 guys? Matt Barnes?
The worst thing the Sox could do is push both outthe door for whatever, and then sign a free agent to replace him. We've seen how well that works, and while harsher critics seem to think these failures were limited to Epstein, the mere act of opening their eyes will show that free agency produces ALL th bad contracts, and very few good ones. Can anyone name a former free agent who is under contract, and considered untouchable in trade? There isa very big differenence between "untouchable" and "untradable."
Let's see how free agency has treated starting pitchers with top of the rotation ability.
The top deals have gone to CC Sabathia (7 yrs/$161mill), Johan Santana (6/$137.5), Zito (7/$126), Mike Hampton (8/$121) and Cliff Lee (5/$125). The list has 3 duds, and two who are not. But does this really bode well for the future of Lee and Sabathia?
No RHP has ever received a free agent deal in this neighborhood. Zack Greinke figures to top the 6 yr/$100mill mark. Given how well previous $100mill starting pitchers have done, who wants in?
Blow this team up, and you might be looking at a 10 year rebuilding program. How long idd it take WAshington to become interesting again? Or how about Pittsburgh? Do people think you can decimate a roster for prospects and actually be relevant in two or three years? Not going to happen. And these fans who cannot handle a single bad season from a player are suddenly OK with 4-5 years of player development and an MLB learning curve (and minor league fallout) from EVERYONE?
Blow the team up? Ten years of rebuilding. Who wants it?