Never said they did. I'm just not excited at all about WMB or Lavarnway. Neither is likely to be league-average in The Show, unless Lavarnway sticks as a catcher.
In which case if he does, and he hits even close to his mL numbers he will be an All-Star.
I agree with you that being overly optimistic about these guys is our MO around here and in nearly all cases is not wise. There is, however, much reason for optimism here, particularly with these two guys.
These cost-controlled young talents with upside are much more preferable than bringing back the Tek's and Drew's and to a lesser extent Ortiz and Youk for way more money in their decline phase.
This is the same as the "bridge" to 2007 from 2004. If the Sox don't count on Pedrioa, Ellsbury, and Lester to contribute to that team they don't win the World Series. Additionally, if they don't win that WS, that is all they lose. If they go out and sign Soriano to play second base, the franchise is much worse off.
Of course, you understand that this is not what I think you are advocating maufman, but I think you get my point. There is inherent risk in handing over the keys to the youngsters but it is mostly in the short-term. It is much less risky than say, handing $140 Million to a "proven ML talent" like Carl Crawford.