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They have turned into the Mets. This is what the Mets did last year, acquiring a bunch of overpaid mediocrities rather than just put the money towards Jose Reyes.
Simple 5/4/3 projection for Shane Victorino: 260/330/425
Average AL RF: 265/325/430
His bat seems fine to me in RF, and you combine that with a center fielder's glove and baserunning, you should have a solidly above average player. $13M is a bargain based on those numbers.
Reds -- Are they really going with Drew Stubbs again? Could they get Homer Bailey (2 years left before FA, Reds have pitching)? Probably not.
Torii Hunter's probably kicking himself.
My question is what the Red Sox think they're doing: are Napoli/Victorino part of an honest plan to win as many games as possible, or are they just there to edge the team a bit closer to respectability for a little while?
Tulowitzki -- possible but unlikely
That's why getting excited about clearing all that salary doesn't make much sense if you've still got the same clowns signing the deals.
Guys who steal 39 bases (career high) and get caught 7 times have not lost a step.
I feel people are way too down on this signing, and the Napoli signing.
I think the issue is the fans, including BTTF's fans wanted a pony for Christmas, and instead they only got a bigwheels and a tricycle.
Min 12 WAR, 2010-12 and the Red Sox (or just about anybody's) chances of acquiring them:
Well yeah. But the thing is, there's at least one genuine pony for sale, and the Red Sox have enough money for said pony.
Sure if you can get said pony at a solid valuation. I'm assuming that SV was signed because the valuations for Hamilton were not efficient.
The sox no longer have a surplus of value on their roster, so they can no longer afford to pay for premium talent (not due to salary but due to production needs).
Hot on the heels of that $/Win pennant.
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