Re: Shane, Napoli and Dempster: Has management convinced you to pay high ticket prices for 2013?
posted at 12/13/2012 3:45 AM EST
Softy: "I've done Food Bank work with Grady Little and Trot Nixon, and I've played golf with Jim Rice, recently"
Please tell me you also went to Dave and Buster's with Tim Wakefield. That would make my life complete.
Pikey: "He is just toying with you. Wake up."
Doesn't matter. We're here to talk baseball not get to the bottom of people's real identities. Well, I mean, except for you.
Unlike you softy starts threads on baseball topics and has informed views worthy of debate. Of course he does sometmes fall into insufferable scapegoating and his critique of Cherry is odd given that Cherry is just a puppet for management entities Softy is afraid to criticize (perhaps because they linked him up with a day with Jim Rice, who knows). But that said he's a baseball guy talking baseball and as long as he keeps the name calling of Red Sox players and his ridiculous myopic political jabs out of it, I'm good.
Softy to answer your question I'm not super happy with the offseason so far but I'm also unwilling to grade it until it is over. I'm sure we'll never agree on a grade because I want to see another strong pitcher added and you have decided pitching isn't important, but still, the grade can wait for a while. Overall the players seems a bit mediocre on paper but remember, "feeding the monster" to put butts in seats and overpaying A-Gon and especially Crawford was how they got into this mess in the first place. You have to be careful about signing big stars who can't deliver. We have yet to see what they will do in that case as the right player is available to test their wallets. But no, I'm not confident in this ownership group, I think they are distracted by Liverpool and potentially thinking of selling the franchise.
That said a lot of folks in this forum have been wrong about the overpayment aspects of this. Part of the premium the Sox paid was to get guys on 3 year contracts instead of longer ones and I'm good with that aspect. They still overpaid but not criminally as they have done in the past. And the Shane signing looks a lot better if he goes to Center field and Ellsbury is moved for a good starting pitcher. And yes, I like that they approached the Phillies about Ells for Lee. I hope they keep pushing on those kinds of trades.
I'll give them a grade when the offseason is over. Right now I'll give them a C- with a chance to either move up to a high B or a low D depending on whether the pitching is strengthened, etc.