One of my favorite non-Red Sox blogs is certainly Baseball Time in Arlington: I think Joey Matches and his crew provide some of the best Texas Rangers analysis out there. Anyway, 2 days ago I came across this story by Josh Garoon. It was, in the author's words, "a speculative, cynical, and entirely tongue-in-cheek look ahead" and it left me thinking "What would be the equivalent for my beloved club?".
We'll find out after the jump.
November 27, 2010: Billy Beane and the A's hold a press conference to introduce their new third baseman Adrian Beltre. "Moving back to the West Coast was a priority for me and my family" declared the defensive wizard. Sure, and having a 5-year contract worth $ 64.5 million dollars doesn't hurt either.
November 29, 2010: Grant Balfour accepts salary arbitration offer from the Rays.
December 2, 2010: The Baltimore Orioles win the rights to negotiate with Japanese Shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who was posted by the Chiba Lotte Marines. The Red Sox sign Type A Free Agent reliever Scott Downs to a 3 years contract worth $ 21 millions.
December 6-9, 2010: Baseball's Winter Meetings begin in Orlando, Florida. The New York Yankees trade Manny Banuelos, Phil Hughes and Eduardo Nunez to the Marlins for Josh Johnson. "We're not done yet" declared an enthusiastic Brian Cashman to the media. The Rays send Grant Balfour, Jake McGee and Kelly Shoppach to the Angels in exchange of Mike Napoli. "We had pretty good production out of the RF position in 2009 by platooning Kapler/Gross, we feel like doing it again at the catcher position. Mike will also see sometime at First base and the DH spot. We're obviously thrilled to have him" declared Andrew Friedman to The St. Petersburg Times. The Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to the San Diego Padres in exchange of RP Tim Stauffer and a PTBNL.
December 12, 2010: The Orioles signs Derek Lee to a 1 year/ $9 Million deal two days after reaching an agreement with Nishioka on a 4 years contract.
December 14, 2010: Ken Rosenthal tweets
Cliff Lee, Yankees close to an agreement #mlb #Yankees #Rangers
Both parties reach an agreement: 5 years/ $125 Million pending medicals #mlb #Yankees
February 13, 2011: Pitchers and catchers report.
The point of this post is that we play in the most competitive division in baseball: All the teams playing in the AL East have deep farm systems and competent front offices who are not shy of making trades and being creative with the use of their resources. Misreading the market or not pulling the trigger when a good opportunity presents it self could have catastrophic consequences.