I will be highly disappointed if Bloom sticks exclusively to this approach. If they don't put up the money for some significant players it starts becoming legitimate to question ticket prices. I still think Bloom et all will sign some bigger ticket items, but color me concerned that both ERod and Matz could have been signed at reasonable deals and the Red Sox weren't able to land either.When you only want to sign guys for short term deals, you are choosing from a pool of players that includes guys like Wacha, Perez, and Richards. Maybe it works out- and then you have to resign the guy or find someone else like him- but, the upside is you aren’t locked into a bad deal, I guess. This seems to be how Bloom approaches free agency.
Of course gorging on FAs isn't they way to go either, but I hope Bloom can strike a good balance. If it's all nickel and dime diamonds in the rough and bargain basement, I'll be both flummoxed and frustrated ...his approach so far has been parsimonious (with both trades and FA). I've been assuming that was to duck under the tax threshold and rebuild the farm. That is - that it was an interstitial approach, and not a modus operandi. Beginning to worry I was wrong.