In response to seabeachfred's comment:
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
We should not be looking to downgrade at any position, least of all centerfield. It doesn't take much to go from first to fourth in the A.L. East. The goal has to be to keep getting better, not putting less of a team out there and hoping for the best.
Right you are DG---and the Red Sox have been notorious for doing such dumb things in the recent past with disastrous results. For a few million dollars more they pis@ed away a chance to get Mark Teixiera in the fall of 2008 and wound up signing a much inferior Rocco Baldelli instead.....and that was their big signing for that winter. We also let a 36 homer, 119 RBI Jason Bay walk and replaced him with a totally over the hill Mike Cameron who was a flop with us and was out of baseball less than two years later. And then there was the gem of letting Johnny Damon walk and replacing him with Coco Crisp, who though a very good defensive outfielder, was a miserable offensive player for us for three long years. No, we should never replace a good player with an inferior one because every time we've done that we haven't won anything....not a division, not an ALC and certainly not a WS.
Mark Texeira never had any intention of signing with Boston, his wife's family was from New Jersey & she made it clear she wanted to be in New York City, but that's not the main reason he didn't sign with Boston. Larry Lucchino & Theo Epstein went to Texeira's house in Texas for dinner. Lucchino had a "take it or leave it" attitude with their offer and Texeira was so turned off by him that he decided right then & there that he wouldn't sign with Boston. Theo was furious with Lucchino, so no, it had nothing to do with money. Besides, who would want that contract now?!
Jason Bay has been horrible since he left Boston, so how can you say letting him go was a mistake?
Johnny Damon signed a 4 year deal with the Yankees. By the end of year one of that deal the Yankees realized he could no longer play center, so they began rotating him between left and DH during the year 2 season. Since the Sox had their 2 best hitters in left & DH in Ramirez & Ortiz, where was Johnny Damon going to play? Coco Crisp had arguably the best defensive season I've seen in centerfield and he was a key player during a World Championship season. Jacoby Ellsbury played a big role as a centerfielder as well. Johnny Damon made sense for the Yankees, but the Sox were smart not to go 4 years with him...