Re: Star/Manager combo
posted at 10/19/2011 10:53 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Star/Manager combo
[QUOTE]As far as where to play him, you have him as your primary DH and let Papi walk. You can then have him and Gonzo platoon a little at 1st, and he could even play a bit of third to spell Youk. In regard to money, you have Drew and Papi off the books. You'd be able to go cheap in RF, or just go with Reddick or Kalish sinch them being left handed isn't as big a deal with another righty in the lineup. Bringing in LaRussa may be an enticement to not competely max out on the money side...I mean, he's gonna get paid, but he might take less to go to the Sox with LaRussa, then say the Mets. A bunch of money also depends on how the Sox handle Pap and the Lackey situation. If they go with Bard, then you save a ton. The solid guys on the market like Bell may also drive the cost down for the rest. And obviously if they eat most of Lackey's contract and take on someone else's bad contract that doesn't help matters. The big part of the payroll though is Henry. He's not only going to be under extra pressure to put a champion on the field due to this collapse, he's also going to need to completely reshape the image of the team. These guys have already started to cause a fan revolt if you judge by the call ins to EEI and such. That may entice him to open up the pursestrings a bit more than he'd usually like and screw the luxury taxes. I can't think of many folks who have a cleaner image nor a better leadership image more than either LaRussa or Pujols. It's not only a move to get an alltime great player, it's a move to ease a PR nightmare and help restore ownership's image (which if you heard his EEI rant seems to be what he's most concerned with)
Posted by jgallag1[/QUOTE]
OK, I am John Henry: Even if I decide to significantly up my payroll for the sake of "PR", and even if I can somehow justify paying 30 mil a year for a DH, I still am not winning any world series.
Know why? Because, more than PR, more than the need for yet another monster slugger, I NEED PITCHING!
And, guess what? If I kick up payroll to about 200 mil, I am looking at bargain bin for pitching. And guess what that will do for my PR.
Look, PR be dammed. Beer and chicken be dammed. The reason the Sox folded up was because they were staying afloat for months on 2 good pitchers, 1 of the worst pitchers of all time, and 5 or 6 guys who's names really shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence as 'in the rotation'. That is going to catch up with you every single time.
They get Buchholz back next year, so that is a start. And, if i am calling teh shots, I give Aceves a spot (of course, then I still have to get pitching then to fill Alfredo's invaluable role in the pen). I still need at least one more good starter. And that is tough to come by. Also, need bullpen help, a closer no less.
Pujols is awesome. Greatest of this generation. no doubt. but this aint fantasy baseball. If I am John Henry, i think i want to invest those millions in pitching rather than wasting Albert's great talents as a DH. And, i guarantee, any goodwill PR gained by this signing would be almost instantly negated by giving fans another round of Brad Penny/Smoltzy on the hill.