- Aug 1, 2006
Yeah, I’m definitely not saying they “should sign a bunch of guys to long and expensive deals to appease the media and fanbase.” The media won’t be appeased and most of the fanbase are idiots. But what good reason is there to put out a $180-200M payroll, as you suggest, when next year’s CBT is $233 million? Devers is under contract one more season, and he’s 26. If Bogaerts is still here, which I support and think happens, he’ll be another year toward decline.God I hate the trope of "wasting a player's prime".
And what of my post suggests that they're wasting his prime? I'm suggesting re-signing some of their pending free agents (say Bogaerts, Vazquez, and Eovaldi with the latter two to shorter deals) then pick up a few more short-term mid-level veteran free agents to fill gaps in the roster, and yes, try to contend. They can put out a $180-200M payroll without making huge headlines with their signees (other than Bogie).
The absolute dumbest thing they can do this winter is sign a bunch of guys to long and expensive deals just to appease the media and fanbase that thinks they're not trying hard enough.
The language of wasting prime years is not a trope. It’s just a basic description of events. You want to re-sign Eovaldi and Vazquez? Great, I’m into it. But that sounds like we’re just rolling out the same team we did this year, a little older but hopefully with better injury luck, and crossing our fingers we’ll stumble into a Wild Card spot waiting for contracts to expire and Casas, Mayer and Yorke to get here.
The Red Sox shouldn’t need to do half-decade rebuilds. They don’t need to hover $50 million under the luxury tax threshold just so a few more line items are in the black.
I’m saying we should do what we can to get Soto, who is the best player available to the Sox since Pedro. Do the Cardinals or Padres really have the capacity to take on Corbin’s contract and extend him at $475-500M? Do the Nats feel any incentive to trade Soto out of the National League? Can we repurpose the returns from JDM, Vazquez and Eovaldi trades toward a Soto deal? Can we protect even more good prospects on the 40-man after making a 6-for-1 deal for Soto? We’re talking about a player who on one axis is as sure a lock of a HoF talent as it gets, and on the other has as many prime years as possible ahead of him. And one who’d seem to want to be here, because we have plenty of evidence suggesting he grew up dreaming he’d be a Red Sox slugger. I do not care in the slightest that he might be paid $35 million to put up a .750 OPS in 2038.