Darvish? The Sox, Yankees, Jays and Rangers were the teams heavily interested in Yu Darvish. The Sox were the team that needed him the most and they failed to pull the trigger. Sox had HUGE INTEREST in Darvish.
Beltran? He is putting up mvp calibur stats up and he signed a measly 2 year $26 million. Sox were heavily interested in him and needed a RF. Look at all the Beltran and Sox talk. Sox had HUGE INTEREST in Beltran.
Papelbon? Do I really need to make a case why the Sox should keep Papelbon? Cmon man. Sox were fools in thinking that he could be replaced with Bailey or Bard.
3 strikes for the Sox in the offseason.
Darvish = $10 millionBeltran = $13 millionPapelbon = $12.5 million
Check your math again..... +$45 million? Those 3 players would add only $35.5 million. Now subtract the contracts like the $5 million spent on Ross/Sweeney, Bailey contract, etc.
If you want to take out Beltran and Sox didn't do that terrible Bailey trade, the Sox would have Josh Reddick who is playing like an all-star with .280 avg and 9 home runs already. Now tell me that you prefer Sweeney over Josh Reddick!
Who combined make a pittance compared to what you wanted to add.
Here's the numbers for you.
Ross - $3 millionSweeney - $1.75 millionBailey - $3.9 million
Total - $8.65 million
Darvish - $5.5 million/$9.33 million AAV for Luxury Tax calc.Papelbon - $12.5 millionBeltran - $13 million
Total - $31 million/$34.833 million AAV.
So even subtracting the 3 players you listed the Sox would still be adding $26.183 million, all of it over the luxury tax which would in turn add another $10.47 million this year. That's still an additional $36.5 million they'd spend this year, on top of what is already the third highest payroll in the game. But of course when you ignore the dollars part of it and simply whine about wanting every and any player out there (not to mention living in a fantasy world where the players would have put up the exact same stats in Boston as they did elsewhere) everything becomes a lot more simplistic.
I said you can take out Beltran, Sweeney and Bailey out of the equation and kept Josh Reddick who looks like an all star right now.
And you think that was a good trade for the Sox?
Almost as good as Mark Melancon trade.
Do you know the difference between the Sox having a huge interest in a player in the offseason and "just grabbing every superstar"? $26 million for 2 years is a cheap deal when a player is putting up mvp calibur stats. Papelbon was in the Sox hands.
Did you see how the Sox spent like almost $400 million on just 3 players (crawford, a-gon and beckett) and people want to make an issue out of a cy young calibur SP, mvp calibur outfielder and a rolaids relief closer for like $30 million?
i think you are missing the point.... the red sox didn't pass on all those players because they can't evaluate talent. They passed because the money was outside of their budget. If the owner's have some dollar amount X they want to spend on the team, and signing players means your payroll is X + 25 million.... it ain't going to happen. Hence why you make a move like trading for Bailey so you have a closer instead of exceeding the budget to keep Papelbon.
Why aren't you upset that the Red Sox passed on pujols, if the team not picking up stars bothers you?
Another good budget example in terms you might better understand... if your mommy (The Owners) gave you $10 allowance, and a happy meal (a new right fielder) costs $4 but the new Spiderman (Papelbon) comic costs $7, you can't have both. So either you skip lunch and buy Spiderman (Papelbon), or you buy the Happy meal (new right fielder) and a comic that costs $6 or less (Bailey).
The A's got an all-star #3 hitter. The Sox got an often injured relief pitcher (I called it from day 1 that he will continue to get hurt) and an outfielder who has 1 home run power per season.
Look at my old post when the trade happened. I never wanted to get rid of Papelbon especially for Bailey.
And you are assuming that just because a player is cheaper that it is the right move?
Sox can spend nearly $400 million on 3 players (crawford, a-gon and beckett) and it is a smart spending according to the Sox and the fans but like $20-30 million per season for Cy Young calibur pitcher, mvp calibur (beltran) or all-star calibur (Reddick) and Rolaids award calibur Papelbon.
It is about spending wisely.... Not just whoever is cheaper is better option.
And I laughed when you said Bailey was a good move.... Lose an all star outfielder for a relief pitcher who can't even get on the field is a "good move"?