I’ve been quiet on this trade so far. I’ve had trouble putting anything into a coherent post. There are just so many reasons why this is such a stupid, infuriating, move, that I can’t stop jumping from one to the next. Basically, though, I can’t wait any longer, so I’m just going to roll through them all.
My first thought? So, this is what it’s like to be a Pirates fan? To see your best players traded away because you can’t afford them? But, that’s not really the case. When the Pirates dump good players, it’s because they know that they can’t win with just the one star, and can’t afford to fill in stars around them. So, the only option is to get prospects, and hope that five prospects mature into stars at the same time. Like the A’s did ten years ago. The Sox, though, had a team that (when healthy) was a winner. When the players on the 2012 roster were all healthy, the Sox were the best team in baseball. Why do you trade away players from that situation?
What’s the plan, exactly? I hear all about financial flexibility. To do what? To sign an all-star first baseman? You had one of the top finishers in the 2011 MVP race already. To trade for a multiple time all-star outfielder? You had one of those too. I actually heard a beat writer say with joy that the Sox had to pass on Edwin Jackson and Hideki Kuroda last off-season, and now they’ll be able to make those moves. Really? Dumping the core of a great team in order to sign Hideki Kuroda? That’s the plan? Go with a team made up of minor leaguers and Edwin Jackson? How does that make sense to anybody? Go ahead. Look at the list of free agents. Find me any of them that makes a roster better than the one that was just broken apart. Anyone?
I hope all the EEIdiots who have been calling for this start buying tickets. They wanted to go with the youth. They wanted to blow it up so that the team had nobody with any talent, but that would run out ground balls. They wanted a team of players who can’t pitch, but who eat salads at their locker. They got it. They better start filling the stands.
One good thing has come of this. It has made my avoidance of Boston based media complete. I can’t listen to anything they say anymore. I can’t read any Boston papers. It’s just sickening. What did they have to do with this? Everything. Imagine this. Two years ago, Carl Crawford signed a contract to play here for the next seven years. At the time he picked three other teams in all of baseball that he didn’t want to be traded to. One of them was the LA Dodgers. Less than two years later, he waived that restriction. That’s how unbearable the toxic media had made things for him. That’s how much they had made themselves the story. I can’t do it anymore. Unfortunately, I’ll still get too much of what they have to say form other locations. I wish I could stop that too.
The part I can’t stop thinking is that this trade smells of a cocky GM wanting to make the team his own. I hope Ben’s not pulling a Theo. I had hoped that since he has been here all along, he might not feel the need. Hopefully this trade wasn’t made just to clear out all of the old guard. It just makes a bad move even worse.
There’s just no upside whatsoever.