Sunday, November 19, 2006
"We're trying to build a self-sustaining baseball operation that can get into the playoffs on an annual basis. That was the goal when we took over at the end of '02. We want in eight out of 10 years. And to win a couple World Series during that time."
2006 was one of the two. John Henry called it a “transition year.” If the Sox played October baseball, they would have gotten lucky. What is not known is if the Sox brass see 2007 as another “transition year.” The eventual (it will get completed) multi-year signing of D-Mat will not be an indicator for 2007. The subsequent transactions will tell us the Sox expectations for 2007. And it all begins with Manny.
No other rumored available player can provide the amount of overall production, when factoring in risk, as Manny being Manny over the next two seasons. The slugger’s 300/400/600 line over 500+ appearances can be written in ink. J.D. Drew, Soriano, Carlos Lee can’t be counted on that level of run generation. If the Sox are serious about 2007 like they about 2004, Manny has to stay and other expensive pieces needs to be added. I’m just not sure that is the most prudent course of action for the Olde Towne Team.