Friday, December 23, 2011

I'm Sully and I approve this off season for the Red Sox

The Red Sox had post season dreams that fell just short... like Carl Crawford's diving attempt on the last play of the season.

The manager is gone. The closer is gone. The Captain may have played his final game.
A new GM is in charge but undermined by the owners.

It's time to make tons of changes to the Sox, right?


I have been advocating that the Red Sox take a step back and heaven forbid REBUILD FROM WITHIN.

Let the Angels cough up years and picks for Albert Pujols. And 5 years for C. J. Wilson? Gee whiz I wonder if they will regret that.
Let the Marlins pony up cash for Jose Reyes and a closer like Heath Bell.
Let the Rangers pay Yu Darvish's posting fee.

Jimmy Rollins? He belongs in Philadelphia.
Carlos Beltran? It's amazing that he syncs up his best season in years with a free agency stint. Have fun in St. Louis.

Aramis Ramirez? Mark Buehrle? Grady Sizemore? Jim Thome? Jason Marquis?

Who in that group is a good long term answer for the Red Sox?

And who is left in the free agent market? Prince Fielder? Roy Oswalt? Edwin Jackson?

And forget the trade market.

Yeah the Red Sox could have had Trevor Cahill or Gio Gonzalez.

But Cahill cost Arizona some of their top prospects including Jarrod Parker, their phenom pitcher who made a cameo in the post season.

And Gio Gonzalez cost Washington some of their best young players.

The Red Sox don't need to empty their farm!
They need to try out as many PawSox as they can.
The Red Sox need to fill in holes and they don't need to do it with high priced free agents, blockbuster trades that send the future packing and surrendering draft picks.

The Sox are making smart moves.
Mark Melancon? Not sexy but talented and can help in the pen.
Nick Punto? Won't make many headlines but gives the Sox some infield depth,
Kelly Shoppach? OK, he can't hit. But how can his bat be worse than Varitek's now?

Don't be worried about making noise for December 2011.
Focus on turning the page and seeing what the team needs.
Pile up draft picks and see what gems are hidden in the system.

Let the Marlins, Angels and Nats make the splash now.
I'm thinking about 2013 and beyond.

Keep up the good work of not doing anything big.

It's not going unnoticed by THIS Sox fan.

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  1. The Sox are probably doing the right thing. Since most people aren't expecting big things from them in 2012 anyway, anything good that happens is a bonus, and they can set themselves up for the next few years.

    In other words, they can do what the Mets should have been doing... if they hadn't wasted money on toxic assets. Okay, John Henry did pay $55 million for Andy Carroll, and $20 million (on the average) to Carl Crawford every year for 7 years. But at least he didn't give far more than that to Bernie Madoff!

  2. There's still a lot of talent here, Sully. I'm not conceding anything in 2012. But I like that they aren't emptying out the farm or spending millions on sexy FAs as well.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  3. pagagos6:48 PM

    From Chapter 48 of the Tao Te Ching:

    "When you arrive at non-action,
    nothing will be left undone.

    Mastery of the world is achieved
    by letting things take their natural course. You cannot master the world by changing the
    natural way."
    Looks like the Sox are following the Tao this offseason-probably a good strategy, given the available options. The Sox have a good, solid cor, and there's no need to panic and overspend. It's gonna be fun to see how 2012 plays out.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. oh you are Sully, I have read many posts and heard many things about you and this is the first time I see you in a picture haha, nice to finally look at you buddy, peace!

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