Re: What I don't get?
posted at 8/25/2012 2:41 AM EDT
Justin Upton will not come cheap...And I guess I just thought Crawford showed a lot of positive upside while he played with a damaged left elbow...Since he is not a pitcher, his long-term prognosis to come back from TJ surgery strong might be a pretty positive one...He certainly will not be firing 90 mph fastballs off of a pitchers mound..
One, my grandma could throw harder than CC on his best day.
Two, even if 100% healthy for the next 5 years, CC might not even be worth $10M x 5.
Three, I'd rather pay Ross $8M x 3 than CC $20M x 5.
.But I think that there is this fantasy baseball mentality afoot that the freed up money will NOW be spent wisely or even spent at all...
Excellent point, but I really see this as, we can't do any worse. I was laughed at for suggesting Adam Dunn in LF 2 years ago, but he now looks like a bargain compared to CC.
Sure if you got Felix and some other decent starting pitching as a result of all this, I might change my mind...But something tells me that the King Felixes and other ace pitchers out there might not now want to come to the Boston fishbowl and pitch in the Fenway bandbox..
CC is not coming here. They'd want out top 5-6 prospects, which I would give if his salary was $4M a year x 5.
.And something tells me that offensive stars like Hamilton or even Upton mightvnot want to deal with the media scrutiny either...
Could be, but Upton does not have 10/5 rights.
And I am sorry, but to me letting go of A-Gon would be unforgivable...It is a BIG and LONG contract, andhe is not hitting the number of homers that RSN expected...But he is still an offensive force and a pretty clutch hitter, as well as an excellent defensive first baseman...
I like AGon, but saying goodbye to CC trumps all. Most here said it couldn't be done. We need to pounce, or it would really be "unforgivable".
What I see next year is a gutted Red Sox team that Big Paapi might even leave, a franchise that has been tainted and whose rebuilding project will not be a swift one...IMHO, RSN is in denial tonight...Big time...The catharsis of something "radical" being done might be nicce, but the long term prognosis is a very questionable one...
I'm not predicting a WS run next year without these guys, but I do think we can win more than 2012, and with Bradley, Barnes, Bogaerts, Brentz and others rising quickly, I don't think the wait will be any longer than if we held onto these guys and had our hands tied on any trade or big signing due to finances.
I could see us trading Lava and another top prospect or tow for Shields.
I could see us trading Doubront, Brentz, Iggy, Melancon, and Ranaudo for Justin Upton.
I could see us signing Marcum, Ross and maybe even Montero.
It may take more, but we have some prospects coming from LA ato sweeten the pot.
We could see this...
1) Ellsbury CF
2) Pedroia 2B
3) J Upton RF
4) Papi DH
5) Montero C
6) Midds 3B
7) Ross LF
8) Salty/Gomez or bridge 1 year FA 1B
R6 Atchison/R Hill
I'm not saying this will happen, but we can instantly be better at way less the cost with this example.