Good closers cost money. This organization decided to spend 80 million to acquire a someone who at his best would be the team's 4th best starter and 140 million to acquire someone who at his best would be the team's 6th best non-pitcher. Then they let their closer sign somewhere else for a little more than the Yankees are paying Rafael Soriano to be a set up man.
100% agree with this post. I'm going to be beating the Papelbon drum for a long time. Especially in light of the tens of millions they throw around elsewhere. Shouldn't the Red Sox be one of the few teams that get to overpay for these "useless closers"? Ya know, theses guys that are so replaceable and aren't worth the money?
In theory, and with baseball rosters assembled in simulations that are repeated 1000's of times, sure. I might agree. Let the Red Sox have Papelbon walk. Sure. But here's the thing. We just didn't have the arms. So I felt we were stuck with having to overpay. It wasn't like we had some stud rookie ready to step up. Or a massively good bullpen with ridiculous power arms. Or a setup guy that was groomed for the past few years to do this, and that said person wasn't going to move into the rotation instead. And what about Theo/Ben (as I'm sure they use very similar philosiphies) over the years has shown us they can build a bullpen? without say spending the money on the Foulke's and Papelbon's of the world? This reminds me of 2003 all over again. It's not like they continually found the Rich Garces type of nugget or had the type of success Tampa Bay had last year putting together a bullpen on the cheap and sticking a Farnsworth back there.
Instead, they overspent on the players you mentioned. Or threw money at oft-injured guys like Jenks. Or traded decent players for the Bailey's of the world. I mean I'm sure he'd be good, but when will he ever have a year where he doesn't miss a boatload of time? Bard, Papelbon, and a Bailey and Melancon would have been an awesome start to this bullpen. It would have been one of our strenghts. Plus with the arms we found, we'd be having some Colon and Garcia from the scrapheap magic this year. Padilla, Aceves, Cook could all be looking to start and fill the 4th and 5th spot, with DiceK ready for the summer. All they had to do was pay Papelbon, not pay Jenks (was it not obvious Jenks was brought in for when they let Papelbon walk)? Thats all they had to do and this team is solid. Now they are 0-3, have a shitty bullpen, and they look like a laughing stock, following up last years collapse with this shit.
Congratulations Red Sox you didnt overpay for a closer. Yay us. Instead we overspent on many others. Instead we let today and opening day slip away. Remember, we are in baseball's new rules. Our favorite playoff launching pad, the wild card, now gets us a chance at a one game playoff. Thats if we make it. Thats why the premium for wins just went up. Every game is even more important. You have to shoot for the division now. The rules have changed. You cant shit away games. I bet the Phillies realized that.
Edited by HillysLastWalk, 08 April 2012 - 06:50 PM.