Re: It's never been "The Pitching"
posted at 5/7/2012 3:44 PM EDT
In Response to Re: It's never been "The Pitching"
[QUOTE]It is clearly about the overpaid contracts to Gonzo, Beckett, Crawford, Lackey, etc. When the Sox try to buy like the Yanks, they don't do so well. Stick to the guys like Youk(when signed) or the Pedrios or Ellsbury's. It is time to make a statement by getting rid of one of more of these crazy contracts even if it means eating some of it, which I sure it will. That will help make a statement.
Posted by antiqueman1[/QUOTE]While the RS may have made the wrong choice in resigning Beckett he was one of the key reasons the RS won the WS in 2007. And both the 2004 and 2007 teams had many key components that came from FA and trade and then extend deals. Notable high profile deals:
Pedro Martinez - trade and extend
Curt Schilling - trade and extend
Keith Foulke - FA signing
Manny Ramirez - FA signing
Johnny Damon - FA signing
Josh Beckett - trade and extend
Mike Lowell - trade and extend in the Beckett deal
Lackey's signing in hindsight given that there was a pre-existing history of elbow issues was a bad gamble. Heavens knows I can't figure out what made the RS brass think Crawford was a value at $140M. But I get why they resigned Beckett and aside from his last few starts of 2011 the signing looked good. A-Gon is in a horrid slump but it is not hard to understand why the RS did the deal and signed him.
There is only so much predictability to any signing, whether it is extending your own (Buchholz is a shining example right now) or FA.