Its Time For Boston To Break From Philosophy + Sign An Ace: Red Sox State Of The Union 2016
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Okay, for years the Boston Red Sox would never pay for a #1 Starter on the Free Agent Market – even their owns. They traded away Jon Lester prior to trying to resign him in 2014, and it backfired on them when he hit the Free Agency market not having played his entire career in Boston.
For the most part, I have agreed with the idea of not paying a guy as an ace. Here is the problem..The team had finished last in the AL East 3 of the last four campaigns, and that is unacceptable.
You add in Ben Cherington doling out long term deals to Rick Porcello, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval in the last year, and all had bad years. So the temptation may not be to sign anyway. Again, wrong.. You are the Boston Red Sox.
Well mired in the lower tiers of records the last 4 years (except for the 2013 season), the club has accumulated a great deal of talent in the Minor Leagues.
The franchise is in great shape heading forward, but this comes down to the right time to strike on the rest of the league.
It is a team composed of some veterans and youngsters. The squad just added the premiere Closer in the game a few days ago in Craig Kimbrel. Another guy who will be around for a few seasons.
The Red Sox still brought in over 2.8 Million Fans to Fenway Park in 2015, however this marked the 3rd straight season they failed to top the 3 Million people barrier – after doing for over a decade straight. How long will the faithful accept finishing 5th in the AL East?
Ben Cherington’s financial decisions aside from last year, the club does have the ability to take on one big contract for a pitcher – and then skate around the Luxury Tax.
With the TV money coming in now, and the Beantowners never being worried about spending so much money before, who cares if they go just slightly over the limit.
The Rotation of Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Wade Miley, Joe Kelly and Co. vastly underperformed in 2015. It may just be too much for the franchise to ask them to hold down roles higher than they are capable of.
Perhaps falling back to his rookie year, Miley could be a great #2 or #3 guy. Joe Kelly (Mr. Cy Young himself) was pretty decent as a back end Starter for a competitive Cards team for a couple of years.
Rick Porcello may never climb higher than a #3 Starter, even though he is being paid and absurd AAV of over $20 MIL per year for the next 4 campaigns.
The Bullpen was given a huge lift by adding Kimbrel. This will take a huge amount of stress for the rest as well. Adding a few other late inning arms via their system or Free Agent signings will help all other things fall into place.
I think David Price and Jordan Zimmermann are better fits in Boston than Cueto and Greinke, either based on the competitive nature of the 1st two guys, but if they first guys aren’t secured on a contract, Cueto and Greinke could fit the bill.
Greinke is going to take a mountain full of cash to sign (as is Price), and he has had problems in the past with anxiety. I may be a little bit leery of that for the Red Sox, however you can’t argue with his record the last few years with the Dodgers.
Bar none, Greinke has been one of the best pitchers in the MLB over the last 3 years. These guys don’t grow on trees.
Especially in the AL East, where it lacks the amount of #1 Starters, the Red Sox could really advance themselves by having the best Starting Pitcher in the Division. Look at what it did for the Blue Jays in the last 2 months.
With devastating lineups featured by the Jays, and the Yankees in their home park, the Red Sox need a showstopper. You also have to factor playing the pitching heavy Rays 19 times a year.
I am not saying for the organization to sign multiple guys in Free Agency to long term deals, but they should definitely risk inking one guy this offseason. Next year the crop of Starting Pitchers isn’t as deep, the time to go for it is right now!
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Posted on November 15, 2015, in Free Agency, MLB Teams State Of the Unions and tagged AL East, ben cherington, Boston Red Sox Roster 2016, brock holt, craig kimbrel, dave dombrowski, david ortiz, david price, dustin pedroia, Eduardo Rodriguez, fenway park, hanley ramirez, Henry Owens, Jackie Bradley Jr., joe kelly, johnny cueto, jordan zimmermann, Mookie Betts, pablo sandoval, rick porcello, rusney castillo, Travis Shaw, wade miley, xander bogaerts, yoan moncada, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.