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  • December 6th, 2012

    December 6, 2012:
    The End of the Winter Meetings…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:18 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades No Comments

    So, I guess $13 million a year is the magic number, for the Sox this year, as they have given out (2) 3-year $39 million contracts in the last week, one each to Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino. The Mike Napoli one I like, the Victorino, not so much. He’s a player in decline, 3 years is a long time for a player in decline (just ask the Skanks about A-Fraud). And that means that my beloved Cody Ross will not be in the Red Sox uniform for the 2013 campaign. Frack…

    But, but BUT, we can cease and desist on the “how bout we sign Nick Swisher” nonsense. Yay!

    And of course, signing Victorino also means the “should or shouldn’t the Sox trade Jacoby Ellsbury” rumors have begun–with everyone weighing it. I don’t think they should. They should let him play 2013 and hopefully will have another MVP-type year, rather than the “injured and out for 85 games” year, and then if they can sign him for a deal that makes sense after that, they should. Even tho I doubt Boras is going to settle for less than 8 years $210 million or so…But at this point, he still belongs to the Sox…

    And for now, Ben Cherington agrees: “No, that’s not our intent. We’re expecting Jacoby to have a really good year in 2013 and be a huge part of what we’re doing…Our expectation is Jacoby will be here and be our center fielder.”

    This $13 million a year thing is very close to the new “qualifying offer” ($13.3 Million) potential free agents are given–coincidence? Or something more?

    And yes, the Sox kicked the tires on Josh Hamilton–but he wants a 4 year deal of $23-25 million per. Right now the Rangers have a 3 year deal on the table. But honestly, as much as I like Josh Hamilton, he get injured too much…and he has BAGGAGE. And what is he now? 31? Yes, his comeback was inspirational and astounding, but you cannot abuse your body like he did and not expect it to breakdown at some point.

    So OK, the Sox have buttoned up the outfield. Can they look at, OH, I don’t know, PITCHING??? As its stands here is the starting rotation: Jon Lester, That Clay Person, John Lackey (gulp) Felix Doubront and right now, Franklin Morales or Andrew Miller. If John Farrell and Co can get Lester back to being the premier lefty he was, and get Buchholtz more consistent, the Sox aren’t going to need anything more than a 3rd starter. ALTHOUGH if they want to sign R.A. Dickey (without given up any crazy prospects) I am totally OK with that…

    And if Lackey could bounce back, and win 15 games, and Doubront and Morales/Miller win 10-12 each, the Sox would be in pretty good shape…

    And, apparently Kevin Youkilis is signing with the SKANKS, a 1-year $12 million deal. I mean really Youk? REALLY??? Holy Hell…

    My friend Paul from Boston was actually in TN this week, and stopped by the winter meetings. He said the hotel is the biggest hotel in the US that doesn’t have a casino, and that you need a map to find your way around. He said it was amazing tho..people are everywhere…. He met Nolan Ryan, and actually ate dinner next to Josh Towers and the Diamondbacks contingent…

    And, as Cleveland’s new manager, Terry Francona held court, and was as witty and classy as always, weighing in on some more on the end of the 2011 season: “…Time does have a way of … I don’t want to go through life being, I don’t know if vindictive is the right word, but that’s not healthy. I had too many people there that are too special…I was disappointed in the way it ended, and I’ll probably always feel that way, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great seven years and five months…Besides that one guy in the third row that used to scream at me, Boston is a wonderful place. If you care about baseball, it’s a wonderful place. Sometimes things happen in that city. You can’t have all that good without having some of the bad, and I got caught up in it….As I found out the hard way, the team that wins the winter doesn’t always win the season. Sometimes it makes you an analyst,”

    His book, written with, of all people, Dan Shaunessy, is due out early next year–Yeah, I’ll be needing to read that…

    Old friend Marco Scutaro got a 3-year, $20 million deal from the Giants. And he’s 37. And has a World Series ring. And was MVP of the NLCS. I’m thinking he should send a bagel basket to Bobby Valentine…

    Coming up: The teams head home (and John Farrell and coaches head to little Fenway in Florida to do some preliminary work for Spring Training. So, Ben, I’m thinking a decent pitcher, Ryan Dempster, Cliff Lee, R.A. Dickey, would be a great stocking stuff. Oh, and please, no Brian Wilson–we don’t need yet ANOTHER player who wants to make it all about him…

    68 Days to Pitchers and Catchers…

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