Maybe less margin for error but Papelbon, Oki, Bard, MDC, Ramirez, Saito is worlds better than what the 2007 pen had to offer. Wagner doesn't need to step in and be a savior.
Gagne netted the Sox the 45th pick in the 2008 draft.
Yes they would have, because they aren't giving up much and have the chance to add another high draft pick along with a potentially decent lefty reliever.
I think this analysis is on point. It's really easy to fall into looking at a guy and saying, "How good is he?" The appropriate question, though, is to what degree he makes the team better or worse. So the question is: will Wagner offer more relief quality than would the guy whom he replaces
A secondary issue is whether or not he ties up money or picks going forward that prevents the Red Sox from being better in the future. That doesn't seem to be a problem here.
A tertiary issue is whether or not he, as a person, can poison the whole team. (And yeah, as someone else said, I'd love to have been a fly on the wall for certain conversations, because as I watched coverage of this online, I saw what appeared to be that gap where nothing is said, but it's like that moment in a cartoon where someone's dragged into a room and you can't see in but you hear furniture being thrown around.)
Well since he can only pitch every 3rd day, so one wonders how many high leverage situations he will have available to him.
I think he is mainly insurance in case somebody is injured or blows up during the remainder of the season. He will have more value in the post-season where there are more off days. Of course, if he sucks in the regular season, he won't get much work in the post season.
This sounds solid and to me, it means that Theo and the rest of the brain trust decided they needed pitching. Pitching, pitching, pitching, right?
One wonders if the streakiness of the offense has led the FO to try to completely nail down the bullpen because, well, it appears possible.
Edited by Reverend, 25 August 2009 - 08:12 PM.