We are THE BOSTON RED SOX.
UPDATE: WE HAVE MONEY!
I've pretty much had enough of the bs. I really have. I understand all the little intricacies for the most part that allows a successful baseball team to run. I get it, it's a business. For the last 3 yrs or so maybe a bit longer i've heard phrases such as "bridge year", "good enough" "raw talent/high ceiling prospects" and most recently " lets pull a yankees" referring to low risk high reward type. On that last bit, what they Skyankees did last year with Colon and Garcia was pure awesome fluke. No-one knew what they were getting out of those two. NOBODY! Quite frankly I could care less but i have to because they are our biggest rivals and you tend to keep your enemies closer than your friends, or at least you should.
We are top 5 in payroll, we really shouldn't be operating like the Washington Nationals(a different discussion). Our awesome farm system that most people think we should keep in tact produced Kyle Weiland this year. Weiland is a bullpen arm at most not a starting must win September pitcher on the Boston Red Sox. The year before that in our "bridge year" I think we got Ryan Kalish, Darnell Mcdonald!YAY and First Pitch Wonder Boy Daniel Nava. Argue if you want about the Gonzalez Deal but those 3 pretty much stayed at their talent level before the trade and we couldve gotten Gonzalez this year. Those 3 werent ready for San Diego they wouldn't have been ready for us. We've had talent coming out of our farm system in years prior to the one mentioned I don't need to be reminded. However, as it stands today none of our prospects are a lock to contribute next year or maybe the year after that. I would love for them to prove me wrong I really would but I can't see it happening. In the area where we would need the help the most HINT: PITCHING..ahem..PITCHING! our farm system took major steps back. I love the kids don't get me wrong I'm on Soxprospects.com like it's tomorrow's home-work but we need to make a move for an ace pitcher. Let's try it the Philly way or last year's Brewers.
This organization needs to evaluate their system get Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland on the phone and make a deal for one of their starting pitchers. Quite frankly, if Seattle's GM does not move Hernandez he's an idiot. They aren't winning with the kid. They won't win with the kid. San Fran may move a starting pitcher to free up some salary cap and Oakland is in their yearly garage sale. Get a deal done. If it takes Middlebrooks, Iglesias, Bogaerts, Ranaudo, Lowrie, Reddick and Bard you do the deal. My previous Fan Posts was a generous one in regards to a trade because I haven't really seen any organization gut their system while providing salary relief for any player. We've seen Halladay, C. Lee twice or 3 times (whatever), Teixeira, D. Haren, C.C. Sabathia and quite a few other top tier talent, major league talent, moved.
After acquiring an ace we should go after Darvish. Forget about how much money he's gonna cost us. Fenway is on a consecutive sellout streak record of some kind last time I checked. We have crazy fans that are going to spend the money on gear. We'll have Japan and to some extent Iran on our network again. I'm pretty sure some of us were already lining up in our heads for Teixeira jerseys 3 years ago. The bottom line is PITCHING WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS! and too much is never enough. All the "armchair GM's" that are throwing out low risk/high reward acquisitions and hoping that our farm system will one day provide need to do some rethinking. We should be in win mode every year. Last time I checked we play to win. EVERY GAME! Wait til next year should be our slogan for repeat championships.
This is My Boston Red Sox for 2012.
6. Saltalamacchia/ Lavarnway
7. Crawford( who is going to kick ass next year)
8. Reddick/Kalish (whichever stays) / G.Sizemore?
1. Hernandez/ Lincecum/ G. Gonzalez
Uh so what to do with Lackey you ask? Trade him eat salary. Hmm..Renteria, Lugo..J.D. Drew on the D.L
San Diego was discussing him internally before he needed Tommy John.
7th+8th Inning relief: A combination of Aceves(jewel), Morales, Bard(if not traded), Albers, Breslow? Bowden, Weiland(if not traded), Doubront (if not traded), Wilson(if not traded) and DL Jenks.
Luxury Tax?...PLEASE! After two disappointing years in 3rd Place...Did you read that..3rd Place, we need to make a move.
LETS GO WIN SOME CHAMPIONSHIPS.