Re: Napoli Deal Still on Hold After Physical Reveals Hip Issue...
posted at 12/30/2012 4:04 PM EST
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In response to raider3524's comment:
gomes will hit 25HR this season....you can call me crazy...but he will mash the monster. you think cody ross had a nice swing for fenway...gomes has more power...hold on i'm thirsty.(need more kool-ade) lol
My God! Let's not even play the season. This Kool-Aid is better than reality.
Just don't crash too hard when you wake up to find your dream turned into a nightmare.
25 HR would be a stretch even with Kool-ade!
You have a choice. You can start your nightmare now and live through it every day until the season actually starts, or you can believe that the WMB/Pedey/Papi/Ells etc. etc. etc. injuries are theoretically not likely to happen again until the next Mayan end-of-the-world.
This wasn't my dream team. My dream was much different.
I would have gone after Hamilton, not Gomes. Hamilton is not Crawford. He is the one FA that I would have pulled the trigger on a longer than 3 year contract. He did not get 7 years. He did not get 6 years. He got 5 years after waiting for quite a while. I would have given him vesting options.
I would have gone after Victorino and traded Ells for prospects or in a package for pitching. I like Ells, but he rarely plays a full season.
I would have kicked the tires on Stanton. If not, I would have taken a hard look at Myers. If not, I would have traded for Upton and sacrificed some of the many prospects that are just prospects. I like Upton and Stanton because they CAN play a full season. I like Myers better than Upton because (1) he WAS available, (2) he IS cheaper, (3) he has more years of control.
My outfield: Hamilton, Victorino, one of Stanton/Myers/Upton Cost: $47M with Upton, less with Stanton or Myers. Out current outfield of Gomes/Ells/Victorino will be what? $28-30M depending on arb for Ells?
I would have gone with Iggy/Ciriaco rather than Drew. A waste of money IMO.
I would have gone with 1-2 years of Berkman when Napoli's hip looked bad. Napoli is a $20M player for 3 years! I mean, if he only plays 2/3 of a season, doesn't that add up to $13M for 2/3 of the season or almost $20M for the whole season? Might as well have paid for Hamilton! Berkman/Gomez at first, Bogaerts by next year.
My infield would be Berkman/Gomes, Pedey, Iggy, WMB. Give Berkman 2/20 and I still save $13M without Napoli's contract.
So, my Upton outfield costs about $19M more than the present plan, but my infield costs $13M less, so we could have had this for $6M more. If you subtract Upton and add Stanton/Myers, my plan is less than what we have now.
Granted, I would have used ALOT of prospects or pitching to get Stanton/Upton. If I had to trade Lester+Brentz to get Myers, I would have traded for Dickey. He was affordable, and is now with Toronto instead.
Your plan is not a halfway plan.
We should have gone this way or looked strictly at 2014 and beyond (although your plan did both).
We all know that so many trades depend on others, but RS scooped up half of the free agents that they should have - valuable pieces that cost no prospects that could have been used for other trades.
McCarthy: He was a key. Why couldn't we go 2/16 on this guy? Getting him would have leveraged Arizona into a different position. Maybe we would have let go of Doubront plus others to get Upton, but we would have had an affordable replacement. It's a blatant error to not pick up affordable FA pitching. Were RS worried about Clement-syndrome? Clement had a longer contract. McCarthy could have been had for low money and years.
Hamilton: Cost nothing in prospects (maybe a future pick, but well worth it). Potential for 40-HR, half would have been to the short porch at Yankee stadium!
Uehara and Ross were good catches (no pun), but I would like to see what we do with Lav/Salty. Lava could have gone in a package for Dickey.
K Morales was another key piece that we missed. He's in his last arb year and would have been affordable. You figure that it would have cost us a pitcher, but we could have had him for $5-6M for 2013 - much less than Berkman or Napoli. If Bogaerts/WMB are still around in 2013 and working the corners, then we cut Morales loose after 2013, but in my mind that would be a mistake. He's the switch-hitting 1st base/DH that we should be looking for to replace Papi. I would have offered 3/24 or 3/30 upon signing.
What to do with what we are left with?
They will play OK if they stay healthy. There is still a chance to get Upton. Gomez should back-up first until the All-Star break, then Bogaerts should take over. If he is that good, get him in the line-up. Chances are that Papi and/or Naps will be needing some rest by then, but I hope not. Bogaerts will have plenty of chances, if not then, then in September.
If we don't trade Ells, call up Brentz or JBJ in September. 2013 will be less successful if RS don't get some of the B's some playing time.
I agree with you about half measures. Drew is a half-measure and still a mystery to me.