Re: Doing it backwards?
posted at 12/8/2012 9:36 AM EST
In response to mef429's comment:
In response to Alibiike's comment:
In response to charliedarling's comment:
I somewhat agree that the Sox are doing things a little "backwards" now, but it is because their minor league system has not produced much for them in the last few years.
The best of their recent home grown minor leaguers, Rizzo, was traded for Gonzalez, etc. Rizzo would be their starter at first base if he as still in the system and there would have been no need for Napoli.
They are trying to not let any of the better prospects that they have right now get away so that in two or three years there will not be needs for signing guys like Napoli and Victorino.
For those reasons, I have no problem with either the Napoli or Victorino signings of this week.
The problem is that 2 or 3 years never seems to get here. The RS are good at kicking the can down the road. Say, they'd be good in Washington!
how is that the RS fault? i mean sure they traded away rizzo but aside from him, doobie, WMB and maybe reddick theres not really anyone else who is ML ready or would have been (i dont really count BP arms because of their limited roles). kalish was debilitated by injuries or he would have been producing at the ML level on a consistent basis. everyone else has either been slow to progress, dont pan out or have gotten hurt. not really the sox' fault.
I think we were very spoiled by the period of roughly 2005-08 when we brought up Youkilis, Papelbon, Lester, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Buchholz, Bard - who all became very good, if not All-Star quality, major leaguers.
Since then we've gone through a dry spell without a doubt, with a lot of guys who were traded away or got hurt or simply never became what we hoped they would be (see Masterson, Lowrie, Anderson, Bowden, Hagadone, Reddick, Kalish, Rizzo, Kelly...don't forget Ryan Westmoreland either).
Will the current crop of prospects be more like the former group, or the latter? I'd like to think Doubront and Middlebrooks have heralded the arrival of a new wave of successful homegrown kids, but only time will tell. Our farm system does look much, much better on paper than it did two or three years ago, that's for sure.