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I'd give you the names of players who signed seven-figure deals in their 30s and were worth the money, but it has never happened.
(not to accuse him of PEDs, though it’s always fair to harbor some suspicion).
We’re about to find out if Ben Cherington, fiscal disciplinarian is fact or fiction.
If all goes right, my guess is he may provide 2-3 years of good hitting numbers
I'd like to see the plans of the "fiscal disciplinarians" for an 85-win team in 2013 and a pennant contender in 2014. How do you get there?
@#11: by "if all goes right," I mean he stays healthy, remains clean and sober, and can handle the pressure of an environment like Boston's or New York's.
I can't think of a player I suspect of using PEDs LESS than Josh Hamilton.
I'd give him a huge contract for a lot of years, based on what he can be expected to produce on the field using pure baseball-related analysis/projections. Those who are focusing on his off-field problems are missing the boat, IMO.
What does the 2014 FA market look like? Is there likely to be anyone better than Hamilton available then?
If not, if the Red Sox don't sign Hamilton (or someone like him) this offseason, where are they likely to be able to find the help they apparently need to contend next year, or the year after, and so on?
I have absolutely no idea what the Red Sox organization thinks about Ellsbury, and I suspect they're not entirely sure what they think either.
Our BP scares me, but...what can ya do?
They need a two outfielders (maybe one and a half now)
This new world needs to be recognized and adapted to, which means signing a Hamilton at the top of his true market value and either taking the good years from him and then trading him, or suffering bad years from him and then trading him. Or just keeping him.
MCOA, I'm hoping that Bailey's 2012 work was due to rust or injury, cause he looked all the world like Gagne to me.
Really? I would say the bullpen looks like it should be pretty good. I think there are a lot of good arms out there and one of things the Sox had a ton of success with when Farrell was here before was bullpen construction. Bailey, Bard, Melancon, Tazawa, Miller, Breslow and Mortensen looks like the makings of a solid bullpen
And I think the possiblity of Bard and Melancon being broken are not infinitesmial. Then throw in Bailey being average. Ugh.
But Johnny Gomes is not a league average regular, and of they think he should be paid like one, I'm concerned about the decision making in the Sox front office. Which, obviously, has been a big problem for a couple years now.
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