I'd really rather see them upgrade at fourth outfielder as the primary consideration. At this point I have to wonder what Ryan Sweeney did besides punching a door. He's pretty much the same doubles power bat as Nava with more speed and the ability to play all the outfield spots. Maybe even marginally better at hitting lefthanders despite not being a cosmetic switchhitter.
We need another guy for the outfield corps who can be put anywhere. It's something I think is kind of important if you assume Kalish is spending time at Pawtucket getting back to where he might have been. And I guess if Nava can be worked out at first as a possibility, why not Sweeney?
Is a guy who made less than $2m and spent half the year on the DL really that cost prohibitive? With Napoli settling for much less, I'm beginning to suspect budgetary constraints that go beyond caution for the future.
That's the whole point of the rule. So that teams are only getting draft pick compensation for losing elite players, not the fringy middle relievers and average players that teams used to get draft picks for.
Personally I would have no issue with them doing away with draft pick compensation completely.
I agree. As a Sox fan I was happy they could have off-seasons like 2004-05 and 2010-11 where they wound up moving up in the draft from their original position because of free agents they let walk while signing others themselves, as well as gaining supplemental picks. One of the big things to Theo's credit is he was one of the first GMs out there to figure out how to game things like that, and used it to his advantage a number of times. But it did go completely against the spirit of why they started with the compensation process to begin with.
I think the tipping point was when teams figured out they could pull a waiver deal in late August for a player they really didn't need and had no future use for simply to acquire a supplemental pick when they left as a free agent following the season.
Don't count out Sox adding another 1BJanuary, 18, 2013 By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Now that it appears that the Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli have settled on a one-year deal, general manager Ben Cherington is still searching for left-handed hitting options at first base. They figure to need some insurance in case Napoli’s hip becomes an issue and would like a backup who could hit from the other side of the plate than the right-handed hitting Napoli. Cherington said Thursday night during the Sox’s annual offseason Town Hall meeting with fans that he’s in the market for such a player, but would not mention specific names. ESPN’s Jim Bowden suggested Thursday the Sox could target free agents Casey Kotchman and Lyle Overbay, both of whom fit that description. “We’d like to find someone like that,” Cherington said in general terms. “We’ll look at some options between now and spring training. If we can’t find anything, it may turn into a spring training project and keep looking then. We’ve got some left-handed options for the outfield but if we can add someone to do that at first base. We did sign Mark Hamilton to a minor league deal, and we may look at other options, too. We’ll see what’s out there and if we can’t find anything before spring training we’ll keep looking during spring training.” Cherington is looking at both the trade and free-agent markets, but admitted it’s not something that is a priority right now. “We feel pretty good on the position players side of things,” Cherington said. “We’ve got some infield depth, we’ve got catching depth, we’ve got some outfield depth and I think if we can add a left-handed hitter that would be great. If not, I’ll keep working on it. I would expect there would be two or three more additions to camp, probably more of the non-roster variety, but we feel fairly good about where we are.”