OK, so if you are not as big of a fan as I am here they are
Brad Penny- RHP
Josh Bard- C
John Smoltz- RHP
Rocco Baldelli- 4th Outfileder
Mark Kotsay- 1st base/ Outfielder
So, ALL of these signings are of a low risk high reward being that they are 1 year deals and for very little money. But what grinds my gears about this is that we already have players that can out perform these guys that have yet to be given a chance. Out of these 5 signings 4 were hurt last year... and none of them had a good year.
What I was hoping to see is a chance to see our young guys and our AAA vets a chance at the back up role.
Chris Carter would be a great back up on first base he hit .300 in AAA last season with 24 diggers. Mark Kotsay can not put up those numbers, Chris Carter is ready to be brought up!
Jeff Bailey hit .301 with 25 HRs last season in AAA and won the leagues player of the year. We would be an excellent option as a back up first base man and outfilder.
John Thurston would be a great utility guy, last year in AAA he player LF, RF, CF, SS, and 2B. He out performed everybody in spring training and hit .316 in AAA with 19 stolen bases.
For pitchers we know the great prospects we have. Justin Masterson, Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden. These guys are big league ready. I think Masterson will get the set up role again. But if Penny and Smoltz put up poor numbers and stay healthy the prospects still probably won't get a shot.
Brown and Kottaras put up good numbers in AAA last year and would be a great team to fill our catching gap but who know what will happen.
So with all that said hopefully the Red Sox can prove me wrong and show that they made the right moves. If the players they sign fail they will simply go on to the ones that I mentioned and I believe they will do better.