The Red Sox Are Spending All That Cash Without Acquiring Pitching!
Tuesday December 11, 2012
Kyle Holland (MLB Reports Intern):
The summer of 2012 was by far the Red Sox worst in recent memory. Hiring Bobby Valentine might have turned out to be the Red Sox front office’s worst decision within the last 20 years. It was probably a worst decision than signing Carl Crawford for seven years and $142 Million. The Sox have decided during the 2012-13 offseason that they would dish out some money to spend again. Their only problem? They are not spending any money on what they really need, pitching.
They drove through 9 starting pitchers throughout the 2012 campaign and their ERA leader had a 4.56 ERA. That’s not a very good ERA for a team leader. The same man, Clay Buchholz , also led the team with 11 wins. Also not amazing for a team leader.
The team ERA for the Red Sox this year was 4.70. Not awful, but not good. There is a reason they only won 69 games. Even when the offense did their job the pitching blew it. A prime example of this is August 23 against the Angels. The offense gives the Sox a 6-0 lead in the second. Top of the Third and they allow 8 runs. The Sox ended up scoring 13 runs that game. The Angels had 14. If they score 13 runs and cannot win the game then it’s definitely time to invest in new pitching.
So far this offseason the Red Sox have signed two 3 YR/$39 Million deals and both to undeserving guys. Mike Napoli was one of these two players. Napoli only hit .227 last year, which for a player of his caliber is atrocious. He has actually only hit over .270 three times in his career. A little over paid for Napoli if you ask me. Napoli will still hit you some bombs, but if he primarily sees most of his games at first base, is he 7 Million Dollars a Year less than A-Gon? Not unless he can duplicate his 2011 Year.
The second player that received this undeserving deal is the Flyin’ Hawaiian himself Shane Victorino. Victorino under no means should have gotten this deal. In 2012, he only hit .261 while in Philadelphia and .245 in LA. Probably the worst year of his career. So why do the Red Sox see anything in him that shows he’s worth 3 Years/ $39 Million?
The Red Sox have enough catchers and could have signed another outfielder, perhaps Cody Ross, for a lot cheaper. That is exactly why they should be saving the big bills for pitching.
They clearly could have pursued ace Zack Greinke for a Multiyear deal. He ended up signing a 6 year/ $147 Million contract with the Dodgers but he is not worth that much. Greinke easily could have gone for $130 Million if it wasn’t for the Dodgers pulling out money from every which way. The Red Sox could afford a $130 Million deal for an ace if they didn’t sign Napoli or Victorino.
If it wasn’t for the Red Sox front office stupidity than they might be able to contend next year. Another pitcher the Red Sox should chase is Edwin Jackson. They can still very much sign him and probably for pretty cheap too. They could claim him for a solid 3 Years/ $36 Million range deal . He could be a solid starter in the Sox rotation probably in the 3 or 4 slot behind Lester and Buchholz.
The bottom line really is that the Red Sox front office is a joke. Boston thought they would be past making ridiculous deals after Crawford and Gonzalez didn’t work out. Wrong! All they need to do is sign some decent offense and a lot of pitching and they’ll be back in business. For now the front office needs to figure it out and stop signing a bunch of ballplayers who don’t deserve the contracts they are getting.
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Kyle is a life long baseball fan outside of Boston. He is a sophomore in high school has played baseball since he was 5. Although growing up in one of the best baseball towns in the major leagues, he has been a Giants fan since 2009. He credits his aunt with the Giants being his favorite team as she lives in San Francisco. Some of his favorite players include Buster Posey, Stephen Drew, Trevor Bauer, Stephen Strasburg, and minor leaguer Danny Hultzen. You can find Kyle on Twitter (@TheKHolland13).
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Posted on December 11, 2012, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2012-13 offseason, adrian gonzalez, bobby valentine, boston red sox, carl crawford, clay buchholz, cody ross, edwin jackson, jon lester, mike napoli, Red Sox Front Office, shane victorino, Zack Grienke. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.