Re: The Red Sox Have No Plan
posted at 12/5/2012 4:11 PM EST
In response to Soxdog67's comment:
In response to ADG's comment:
Nothing else can explain the Victorino signing other than the fact that they have no plan. Paying this guy and giving him a 38% raise after the season he had is absurd.
Patchwork signings and no room for young players.
Team gets older.
Nothing can be further from the truth, Cherington has addressed DIRECT areas of need on the team with his acquisitions so far including the new manager and coaching staff...that should be considered PLAN A.
The players they've signed, although getting overpiad, have been acquired on short-term deals meaning they are keeping the doors open for the influx of youth from the farm system who are likely 2-3 years away from being MLB ready. PLAN B.
Napoli and Victorino provide line-up and roster flexibility. Bringing in Gomes is a perfect fit for platooning Kalish in LF against certain RHP. If Bradley is still around when all the dust settles there is still a strong likelihood that he replaces Ellsbury in CF. PLAN C.
PLAN D - Acquisition of a starting pitcher is still in the works, but now Ellsbury and a catcher might be on the table with their potential replacements being in-house now.
PLAN E - Acquisition of a SS, if a suitable replacement for Iglesias can be acquired. Otherwise he shares time with Ciriaco.
PLAN F - Acquistion of a LHH 1B with strong defensive skills to serve as late inning replacement for Napoli if he is playing 1B.
You're dreaming. A $170M payroll and he's spending money on back-up players to be starters.
Why would Ben rely on farm players who may or may not make it, when he has the money now to field a championship team?
and if you think Ben is going to get top of the rotation starter, you are sadly mistaken. He already thinks 1 thru 4 is set so he might get a 5th starter.
And as far as 1B, Lance Berkman on a 1-2 year deal would have made a heck of a lot more sense than Napoli and for 1/3 the price.