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Thursday, December 13, 2012
New Rule: Three Years
With the signing of Ryan Dempster to a 2-year deal, it seems pretty obvious that the Red Sox had one hard and fast rule that guided what they did this off season: no deals of more than 3 years. Every story on Hamilton indicated that the Sox wouldn’t go more than 3 years for him. Anibal Sanchez looks like he’s going to sign a very reasonable 5-year deal, but the Sox never appeared to be in on him. Buehrle/Johnson/Reyes would have almost perfectly filled their needs, but those players instead went to a division rival. Reyes had five years left, though, so no good.
This is probably a generally good rule of thumb, one that keeps the team from albatross contracts. But I can’t help but feel the Red Sox have learned the wrong lesson here: they’ve decided that their problem over the past few years has been long-term deals. But, in fact, there’s little reason to think that was the case. The Lackey and Crawford deals were not problems in year 4-7. They were problems in year 1, because the Red Sox did a bad job assessing the health and/or skills of the players involved.
So let’s hope this was a temporary strategy and also look forward to what could be an interesting year.
Posted: December 13, 2012 at 09:07 PM | 40 comment(s)
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