Normally I would say “who cares what teams spend” as it doesn’t always equal a Championship. The Toronto Blue Jays loaded up last winter yet still managed to fail.
One thing Ben Cherington and the Red Sox taught us last season is that it’s less about the money and more about a player’s character, desire and heart. Red Sox players like Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes and David Ross (among others) were added not just to fill a need but because of their great character attributes. Everything seemed to go the Red Sox way last season and there’s no better example then the big shiny trophy they have on display but how are we to know that they can carry this success forward?
In order to really dissect a winning formula you need more than one year or season to determine the results. Perhaps I’m asking this question too soon but as a lifelong Sox fan I am worried that Ben hasn’t done enough to improve this team.
I also worry about things that I hear or have read about hanging onto their excess Starting Pitchers instead of swinging a trade. Perhaps it’s a smoke screen and now that Masahiro Tanaka has signed with the N.Y. Yankees we can expect the Sox to move a Starter or two, time will tell.
Speaking of the Yankees, let’s look at what they have added this winter.
Jacoby Ellsbury- .298AVG, .355OBP, .781OPS, 52SB
Brian McCann- .256AVG, .336OBP, .796OPS, 20HR’s
Carlos Beltran- .296AVG, .339OBP, .830 OPS, 24HR’s
Masahiro Tanaka (SP), Brian Roberts (2nd), Kelly Johnson (3rd).
Robinson Cano- .314AVG, .383OBP, .899OPS, 27HR’s
Vernon Wells- .233AVG, .282OBP, .631OPS, 11HR’s
Chris Stewart- .211AVG, .293OBP, .566OPS, 4HR’s
*Alex Rodriguez- .244AVG, .348OBP, .771OPS, 7HR’s
(44 games) *Suspended.
The only player (from above) that they’ll definitely miss is Cano but we can also clearly see how the Yankees have drastically improved.
So even though I believe that Ben isn’t done making moves however major/minor they may be but when it’s all said and done, will it be enough to keep the Yankees at bay?
Will the 2014 season be the real “Bridge” year for the Red Sox or can we expect them to legitimately compete for another Championship?
I have my doubts and I worry that Ben hasn’t and won’t do enough to knock their most hated rival out of contention.
I worry that having so many young and unproven players, IE; Jackie Bradley Jr., Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts, expecting them to carry this team, is a tall order and unwise.
What do you think? Or what would you do?