Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Quotation of the Day

It looks like Daisuke Matsuzaka will be a member of the Sawx...

A wise man who lives in my apartment weighs in with reason: "So the team that doesn't have the financial resources to keep up with the Yankees just shelled out $210 million guaranteed dollars to JD Drew, Julio Lugo and Matsuzaka. The only All-Star Games these players have appeared in are those of the Japanese League, the Texas League and the Independent League. Awesome."

Who knows, maybe these three moves are indeed the right moves. But one thing they did accomplish was force Red Sawx fans to forfeit the rights to bitch about anyone else's frivilous spending.

7 Comments:

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

We still need a closer. I am okay with spending for Lugo and Matsuzaka-san, but the whole Drew thing is just mind boggling to me. Lugo obviously doesn't flash the glove like Gonzalez or Cabrera, but I have a feeling he'll be good in the batter's box with the Monster in left. Besides, the fact that he was on the D-Rays hasn't helped his stats. Again, we still need a closer. The starting rotation will be okay: Schilling, Beckett (if he doesn't have a complete meltdown), Lester (sans cancer), Papelbon and Matsuzaka. But between Foulke, Hansen and Timlin, I am a little nervous.

Boston.com actually has a link up to track the flight from L.A. to Boston. Kinda ridicurous. Check it out here.

 
At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Dorsey said...

First of all, I think it goes without saying that everything Boston sports is ridiculous. The bottom line is no one truly knows what the Red Sox (or any other team for that matter) still need, and no one will until June/July. That, to me, is what makes $210 mil for three free agents all the more intriguing. If the last few years of importing high priced "sure things" to the Northeast has taught us anything, it's that it provides little more than comfort to get us through the winter months knowing that, at the very least, an established major leaguer will man a position where option B was an unproven, unestablished, or so-called lesser talent. Here's to Closer being the least of the Red Sox issues come Summer '07.

 
At 5:50 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

"First of all, I think it goes without saying that everything Boston sports is ridiculous."

Not sure what makes Boston sports different from any other major sports market. Maybe that's what you're saying, but Boston is no different than New York, at least when it comes to baseball, in terms of markets and regional reaction.

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger ethan said...

sure it was a lot of money for those 3 guys, but the only of the 3 moves that was clearly more bad than good was the lugo contract.

for a ss with exactly one good season (2005, it was awesome actually) and a unbelievably horrid second 1/2 of 2006 (in a big market AND a pennant race, not a good sign for beantown) who will be 34 at the end of the contract, 4 years for that type of money is awful, and while it won't nearly be a christian guzman-like mistake (not even close, probably, but that contract always makes me laugh), it seems the bosox learned little from the renteria/gonzalez debacles.

last year they were playing pedroia at short in the minors a bit. it's risky (but waaaay cheaper and more flexible financially), they could've re-signed loretta for much, and tried pedroia at ss with cora as insurance.

 
At 11:53 AM, Blogger ahren said...

they overpaid for lugo, for sure. but what was their other option?

it was kinda a situation where not getting him was a disaster, because there was no reasonable replacement, and the sox can't give away 3 or 4 wins at that position...

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Sox1918 said...

now that Andy's back you're all just wasting your time.

Ace that quote was beautiful. Godzilla is going to send that unproven Jap back to tokyo crying after that first series in the bronx.

27th title is only 10 months away.

 
At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Greg said...

Totally agree Ahren. It's not a good contract for sure, but Ethan, your suggestion leaves them more "financial flexibility", but quite possibly gives them almost replacement level output at 2B and SS. With the position they're in, those few extra wins are just way too important.

 

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