Re: Lackey is useless
posted at 9/5/2011 9:22 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Lackey is useless
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Lackey is useless : Kind of like DiceK where Theo paid $50,000,001 for the negotiating rights. Next highest bid $39,000,000. So either Theo has too much money to play with, or all the other GM's are idiots. With Lackey, unlike other FA signings, there were no rumblings about Lackey being on the radar, nor were there any rumblings about Crawford either. Like Theo was afraid the Yankees would sign them, so he backed up the brinks truck, when he was the only player in the market. Paranoia? Some symptoms there. Dice, KK and Lackey. A trend has developed. I rest my case.
Posted by aussiewill[/QUOTE]
Free agents are rarely signed thrugh bidding wars, despite what fans want to think. It wasn't as if the choices were offer Lackey $82mill or $1. Lackey's rate is set by the asking price of his agent and usualy based on other recent signings deemed equivalent. A team interested in Lackey has to meet that price.
The Sox were interested in Lackey, and should have been. He was the best SP available that off-season. Lackey has failed to live up for whatever reason.
The notion that the Sox spent $320mill on Crawford, Lackey and Daisuke merely to keep them off the Yankees is 100% untrue, and I say this as an outsider. The Sox would not outspend their own payroll merely to keep people away from NY; that is an expensive and stupid strategy. Those players are in Boston becuase the Sox management team wanted them in Boston, end of story. If the "proof" is the lack of media stories about interest, that is the media operation and not the Sox...