Re: Revisiting the big trade....Dodger/Sox....how are some of those guys doing?
posted at 6/29/2013 12:59 AM EDT
I said "perhaps" the best deal in my lifetime. Certainly the Pedro deal, the Schill deal, and the VTek/Lowe deal end up being better when all is said and done, but the money saved in the AGon deal has to be considered when evaluating the end results. We won't know the full results for quite sometime, and it's hard to determine what the money was spent on. I get that. But, just because Ben was here when Theo signed CC and extended Beckett, doesn't mean he was for either of them, or had anything to do with them. The fact is, when he took over control, they were on the books and were set to be crippling us for many years to come.
Here are the money facts: like them or not...
(I won't even count the salaries paid for the last few weeks of 2012...
AGon will be missed, but at $21M (13, 14, 15 & 16) and $$21.5M (17 & 18), but really $22M against the luxury tax for 6 years. Sorry, but at this point in his career, I do not think that is a great value for the buck. If you look at all the 1Bmen in MLB, his offense is not a geat deal better than the #5 to #15 best 1Bmen out there. Is that worth $22M a year x 6? Not really a slam dunk "yes", is it?
Crawford was and still is a bust. At the time of the signing, I said the deal "would cripple us for 7 years" and that he was "nothing better than a glorified platoon player". Nothing has changed but an increase in injuries. His contract would have crippled us to this extent: $20M (13), $20.25, $20.5, $20.75, and $21M up to 2017. The cost against the cap? $20.3M x 5.
Beckett's extension went only to 2014, but for what has been returned for the money, it was crippling just the same. $15.75M (13 & 14) or $17M against the cap.
Punto was a drop in the bucket, but still saved us $1.5M.
Combined cap salary numbers:
13 14 15 16 17 18
AGON 22 22 22 22 22 22
Craw 20 20 20 20 20
Beck 17 17
Total 61 59 42 42 42 22
Subtract what we pay LAD as a partial financial offset:
2013: $3.9M + $2.62M (bonus portion)= $6.5M
Total rounded off savings and who it paid for so far by largest deals made):
2013: $54M (Demp $13.25, Vict $13M, Papi $13M, Drew $9.5M, Gomes $5M)
2014: $53M (Demp $13.25M, Vict $13M, Papi $13M, Gomes $5M) +9M next FA(s)
2015: $35M (Vict $13M) + $22M on next FA(s)
2016: $40M all for future FA signings
2017: $40M all for future FA signings
2018: $21M all for future FA signings
So, in a sense, we traded AGon, CC, Beckett, and Punto for
Webster, DLR, Holt...
Dempster, Victorino, Papi, Drew, Gomes
$131M to spend on FAs from 2014 to 2017.
You can basically just say we got all that for AGon.
It's a top 4 Sox trade in my lifetime- hands down. It still has a chance to be the best, hence the word "perhaps".
Let's hope it works out that way.