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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Really...Wait 'Til Next Year

2013 and possibly 2014 will be bridge years to the accession of the next Red Sox core.  All of the off-season signings were intended to do the following:

·         Allow the front office to better cultivate the precious crops on the farm.  Yawkey Way does not want to be tempted to rush a player.
·         Provide the themselves with financial flexibility for the 2015 season when the prospects should be ready.
·         Present a product that would NOT appear that 2013 is a rebuilding season without having to surrender a draft pick or a current prospect.

On twitter, I have quibbled with some of the signings.  But other than the Shane Victorino deal, nothing was terrible.  (The Victorino contract will haunt the Sox like a bad case of herpes.)  The real question is does the Olde Towne Team have enough future average regulars by 2015 for this to be a feasible plan?

No one knows their prospects better than the Sox, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.  But many prospects do not live up to their potential.  Hence, another part of the bridge to 2015 plan should be adding to, and thereby diversifying the assets in the Sox portfolio of prospects.  The only means to accomplishing this is in the trade market.  Yawkey Way needs to move any player (Jon Lester, Jacoby Ellsbury, Andrew Bailey, etc.) that is unlikely to be a cog in the 2015 team when their market value peaks.


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