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Have the Red Sox Learned Their Lesson?

Every since the Red Sox traded away Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers it appeared that Boston’s front office and ownership had a new philosophy on signing players to very lucrative contracts. A few years ago the Red Sox signed both Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to seven year deals. Crawford’s contract was for 142 million while Gonzalez totaled 154 million. Pretty early on into their tenures with Boston it was obviously that the Red Sox made two colossal errors. Fortunately for the Red Sox early on into those deals at the end of August 2012, Boston was able to ship both Crawford and Gonzalez along with their big contracts to the Dodgers. Boston said they had learned from this experience and moving forward would still be willing to spend money but be a lot smarter on very rich deals with players. I don’t believe they have.

Last Off-Season:

Last year the Sox signed both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to very rich deals. Granted the years of these contracts were far less than Gonzalez and Crawford’s seven year contracts. Sandoval landed a five year deal for 95 million, while Hanley signed a four year deal for 88 million. Sandoval was a player who was a bit injury prone, had a weight concern and while a huge post season performer a player that was good not great in the regular season. Kung Fu Panda’s first year in Boston was a disaster. Sandoval hit .245 with 10 Homers and 47 runs driven in last year. On top of that Sandoval gave up switch hitting early on in 2015 and is now exclusively a left handed hitter.

Hanley Ramirez who a number of years ago most people in baseball felt would be one of the top five players in the game. Hanley has never made that elite status. Hanley the last few years has been injury prone and some have questioned his attitude. The Red Sox felt a change of scenery and playing in Fenway in their lineup would be a renaissance for Hanley. Early on last season the Red Sox looked like geniuses but that quickly fizzled and Hanley finished with 19 Homers and 53 RBI along with a .249 average. Now it appears Hanley is a player without a position and that is a problem for the Red Sox as they have a full time DH already in David Ortiz for the 2016 season. Continue reading Have the Red Sox Learned Their Lesson?

GM or no GM that is the Question

This really is a special time of the year for a sports fan. Think about it….at the college level we have football, basketball, hockey, swimming, volleyball, etc and at the professional level we have football, basketball, hockey, and my favorite baseball. Wait – did you say baseball? Yes! The time when we all play GM. It’s called The Hot Stove League.

We evaluate our current talent, review our minor league players, check out all free agents and decide yay or nay, review our coaching staff, and do the same thing for every other major league team. Yes we take on the role of GM and discuss our decisions every opportunity we have.

Think about our day for a moment…every time we make a decision it is scrutinized by every fan of the team. Every time another team makes a decision, we are judged again as to why we didn’t sign that player. We get asked questions constantly by media, the executive team, our players, and every fan. Oh, and we are supposed to know details about every player in baseball from the majors down to the minors. Where do I find the next player with the power of Hank Aaron, the speed of Ricky Henderson, the arm of Dave Parker, the durability and longevity of Cal Ripken AND the all around talents of Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays? According to the fans he is out there. Good times.

Its important to keep in mind we MUST stay within our budget. This is non-negotiable. If we mess this up….well let’s just say maybe we made the wrong career choice. Continue reading GM or no GM that is the Question

Major Shakeup Needed in DC

Well the season is now over for the Washington Nationals. Granted the Nats had a number of injuries to deal with this season but they win the award for the most under achieving team in baseball for 2015. For this team to finish this season barely over 500 in a word is ridiculous. Consider their division has the two worst teams in the sport this season, in the Phillies and Braves, not to mention another bottom team in the Marlins. That’s beyond belief. The record is also in a year where Bryce Harper might wind up winning both the batting title and the home run crown. I have a plan here if I was running things in Washington what I would do once the last game was played in 2015 for the Nationals.

New GM and Manager

I do not relish people losing their jobs but in terms of the Nationals there needs to be new voices in the front office as well as the dugout. Unfortunately that means Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams need to be replaced.

Payroll Flexibility

Ownership has shown in the past that they are more than willing to spend to have a top level team. This was illustrated by Ryan Zimmerman‘s extension, as well as signing big free agents in Jason Werth and Max Scherzer. Believe it or not the Nationals have nearly 50 million coming off the books after this season (48.4 million to be exact). The players hitting the free agent market for the Nationals are Ian Desmond, Doug Fister, Dernard Span, Matt Thornton and Jordan Zimmermann. I don’t bring any of them back.

The Current Core – Position Players Continue reading Major Shakeup Needed in DC