Re: Sox sign Mujica
posted at 12/5/2013 4:44 PM EST
In response to BiggerThanMyBrady's comment:
Posted this on the other thread.....
"Love it. Ben strikes again. While the Yankees don't have a closer, Cherrington snags a solid bullpen guy that could be considered a good closer (37 saves last year with STL). I love the emphasis Ben has put on the bullpen in his short tenure. Signing Breslow, Koji, and now Mujica. These three guys pitched a combined 198 innings in 2013 and walked 32 guys (180 K's total)! Games are won and lost with bullpens. Ask the Tigers how that goes. Smart move Ben. Way to go."
Love this deal on many levels. Pitching wins championships, pitching builds dynasties, end of story. It doesn't matter how you get them, but you need three rock solid bullpen guys to go far in the playoffs at minimum. I like the consistency where we are not losing a draft pick. We had an elite stock of bullpen arms before the season last year and the old adage, you can never have too much pitching paid off. We won the war of attrition and we are set up to do the same.
We have six starters and two closers. We lost both of our closers last year we signed in Bailey and Hanrahan before we blinked. This is a good solid move and RP's are the most unpredictable lot of the bunch as far as performance and health.
I think this team is dead set on pitching and bridging to the new generation of Sox players. The price of free agents this year for mediocre to good, not great; meh players on the most part have been a rip off. Very good players want to be paid like historically good players.
Don't be shocked to see both Carp and Bradley starting the year as your opening day guys right off the bat. I think the Sox wait it out till camp while picking up a utility guy for 5 mil or less somewhere.
The lack of value on the free agent market is going to force them to use prospects more than we are accustomed to be seeing and there will be some bumps along the road. Guys like Byrd are getting two year deals in the 16 mil range... I mean WT_F?