In response to notin's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I was fine with using this winter as a rebuilding stepping stone to a great team in 2014 or 2015, but Sox management appeared to want to try and win this year. The problem was, they failed to addfress our two biggest need areas to have any real significant chance at winning a ring:
1) A "LIGHTS OUT" NUMBER 2-3 SLOT STARTING PITCHER.
(No, Dempster is not that guy.)
2) A SOLID RH'D 3 OR 4 SLOT HITTER.
(No, Napoli is a decent #5-6 hitter.)
But if they could have addressed all of those needs, they would have. If you think the plan is for 2014 and 2015, theere was no bneed to get everything today, and trying to do so would have resulted in "settling."
They signed a lot of players to short teerm deals, which is smart. Because if things are not panning out, these contracts are mose easily flipped for prospects. Watch the offseason activity for the Cubs the past 2 years. Like Theo Epstein or not, one had to asdmit that there is no way he felt hecould turn the Cubs into a contender by acquiring missing peices like David DeJesus, Paul Maholm, Scott Feldman, Scott Baker, Scott Hairston, etc. The plan was most likely to trade each peice for as much as possible. Last off-season, he dealt short timers Maholm and Reed Johnson. I would not be surprised if he was puishing DeJesus at some point as well, but simply never got a deal he liked. This July, he will be offering around all th Scotts and Dejesus.
The Sox might find thmeelves in a similar position as well. Drew and Dempster, for example, are both on very short deals and could potentially move even if the club in still alive for the post-season. (Drew moreso than Dempster in that case.)
I understand the reasons not to go all out this year by trading away our future to fill one of the big 2 needs I listed above. I didn't see many choices via free agency, and getting Upton might have been harder than many of us think, but in the absence of filling those 2 big needs, I thought we should have set our sights on 2014 or 2015 and made most deals accordingly.
I get the short term deal flexibility thing, but we basically just put off the big decisions for another year and didn't really do anything to improve our odds in 2014 or 2015.
If we end up trading Drew or Dempster for prospects, maybe that will change. If we suprise this year and make a strong run, even if we end up losing, I'll admit it was worth it, since we didn't really sacrifice anything in the future.
I like where we are right now.
"putting off" the decision might end up being better than the alternative. very few FAs in 2012 were worth giving out a deal long enough to help us in 2015 and beyond. So by signing bridge guys/placeholders and keeping our farm intact we can make a deal (trade or FA) in the next 2 years and land marquee players who (are available and) will help us in 2015 and beyond. You can also look at it this way, the guys we signed this winter won't help us in 2015 and beyond but they also will not hurt us in 2015 and beyond.