We are building our team for the regular season. We have a great lineup and good but no great pitcher. We should score a ton of runs and we will look good but watch even with say 85-90 wins and a playoff berth we can get bounced in the very first round because we don't have that ACE to rely on. The importance of that ACE increases TEN FOLD in the playoffs, not just because the importance of the games but because it now is not every fifth day. IF you have one of those horses, you know a guy like for example Jon Lester, you can pitch him on short rest and if he is dominant as he always has been you can completely shut the best teams down on your way to glory. We let him walk. Why? There must be more to the story than we know. Some personal Issue. I am talking about resigning him before we ever traded him by the way. The thought that some of Boston's fans and media threw out there that we trade him, get something to help the team longterm, and then we resign him the next year was the dumbest thing I had ever heard. If you ask me it shows a sign of disrespect! Ya we traded and didnt deem you worthy and we had you sell your house already and you just relocated your kids to new schools in Oakland but ya he's gonna resign here because he loves Boston so much and he loves winning. HAHA , what an arrogant but perfectly fitting for baseball type of talk. If you traded me, after I had performed so well, I may not eliminate you from my destinations but you certainly would be near the last place I'd want to go back to. What is he a sucker? Thats how we treated him.
Now don't come with the guy wants a 5-6 year deal and we only want to go for 3-4 years bullcrap. No stud free agent pitcher is going to take that. Sorry. It's not realistic. You want the big dogs, you are taking on some dead money at the end. That is the way baseball works. With no salary cap, you created this monster known as dead money at the end of contracts most noteably pitching contracts and its just part of the deal now. You have to know that there is a gamble you are gonna pay for a bad year or two.. Jon Lester was worth every penny he got and he was proven to do it on the biggest stage. If anyone deserved that gamble, I'd say bet on him.
Jon is gone. Time to move on, but what is the plan? We need that ACE. I'd be satisfied with Hamels. Talent wise and post season and everything including playing in a very tough market (PHILLY) they are very comparable. Don't understand why make the switch but let's at least go hard after this guy. He's a true ace. He's proven. He will be a stud here as well. All the money we spent on our lineup is great but REMEMBER it's a total waste if we don't at least get to the World Series isn't it?
If it is not Hamels fine but get me someone of that caliber or at least say top ten talent. I don't know how they can think we will win in the playoffs with no ACE!! Remember 2003 with Pedro? The story became we needed TWO ACES and in 2004 we did just that and won the first title for us in over 80 years.
I understand we have signed a lot of arms and there is talent there but let's not fool ourselves. We still have no one that scares you. Not one. We need that. That's all we need now it seems. They have had a strong offseason otherwise. They have clearly showed no reluctancy to even OVERPAY for stars so the letting Lester go thing still puzzles me. Am I in the minority? Did other Bostononians really not want to pay him before they traded him? Or not even be willing to fess up after and when he was a free agent even though we traded him, did you guys not want him back? I sure did. The guy was clutch as could be and a power throwing lefty who also had great location and other pitchers so eventually when he did lose power I feel his transistion to slower thrower would be a rather smooth one if that is someone's lame excuse. It puzzles me. Today they signed another Cuban prospect and the cost was 30 million but there is a 100 percent luxury tax type thing that goes straight to MLB. 60 million total for this 19 year old. Again, I like it, but where was this bottomless pit of money a few months ago. Clearly they did not want him, but they will throw about 20 million a year at The Kung Fu Panda. North of 20 million for Hanley Ramirez. Like 6 free agent pitchers. Lester must feel insulted. I would. If we don't at the very least grab that ace by the deadline, I do not like our chances. I'm sorry. It's huge to me. If we can fill that one hole they would be my American League favorite. They even gave the coach an extension the other day, when it wasn't even time yet and we came off a last place season.
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Brian S Staveley - Bitter Rival Sports