Re: Sox Going After Beltran
posted at 11/10/2011 2:16 PM EST
In Response to Re: Sox Going After Beltran
[QUOTE]Yaz, old friend: As a RHB, he will put some dings in the wall. We need that from the right side. Nice perk: Beltran's chasing down flies in Fenway's RF will be full of suspense and mystery. Who doesn't like those elements in their entertainment, I tell ya! Can acknowledge that we need to get younger anf faster, but for a year or two, Beltran may be - dare I say it? - a bridge (Ouch! Stop hitting me!) to a more permanent RF solution. Tho moon has a point: If he will be on the DL more often than not, then why not re-sign Drew and skip Beltran? Drew would be cheaper and just as productive. Maybe, maybe, maybe.
I know that, at some point, you are what your record says you are, and this is why we hesitate on Beltran. Still, I kind of favor a one-year contract ($10-12 mil tops) with a one-year player option, w/ low buy-out. Reasons? My gut, which has been wrong at times, tells me that Beltran can be another Bobby Abreu, which is to say: I think that, despite the chatter about his age, his legs, his eyesight, his attitude, Beltran can find a way to come back next year (and maybe the year after that) and light up the scoreboard and not embarrass himself in the OF. Bill James cannot corroborate these conclusions. Perfectly willing to take heat for this. And if we get a year out of him like the year we got out of Beltre, everyone will be happy - and forget all the nasty things about him that were said on this forum, and maybe forget about all the money he was paid. But i digress.
Posted by summerof67[/QUOTE]
Good post, Summer ... I think the three telling words you included are the crux of the matter.
I, unlike Burrito, didn't want him last season because I thought the bus was too broken down. But just MAYBE he found a way to get his wheels back on the road.
MAYBE he would like Boston, but after a few months in the laid back wine country, he would have trouble with a whole season in our whine country.
He started cold as ice in SF ... imagine what would be done here if he did that. He warmed up extremely well, but that initial chill would have gotten the treatment from some of us ...
MAYBE he would play in the AL. Already said he didn't want to.