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Thursday, February 01, 2007


Now that J.D. Drew Barrymore’s contract is completed. It is not Isiah Thomas-esque. Thomas would not have hedged his $70 million bet with the toughest agent in the business, Scott Boras, across the table. Hall of Famer, Peter Gammons describes “The Boras-Theo Epstein chess matches are getting to be premier entertainment.”

Regardless of the dramatics, Drew is a good fit with the bat - high OBP – and more importantly, with the glove as the team needs a plus fielder in right for 82 games. My first issue, like most, is still that Drew does not stay on the field enough – staying healthy is a skill. Hopefully, he proves me and his history wrong.

The second is that the signing appears to be a making up for two past mistakes – drafting David Murphy and trading for Wily Mo Pena – but the Sox have not given either a real shot. Since last season was a “transition year”, it would have been a nice opportunity, with Coco Crisp apparently hurt for most of the year, to determine if either player or together could have held down a starting outfield spot. It would have given the Sox more clarity in determining how to proceed this winter and the ones to come.

Throwing money at a problem(s) (i.e. Lugo, Dice-K) is fine for the Sox, but at potential problems is not the most effective way to allocate your finite resources. The Sox are still without a relief ace.


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