So this is ALL on Beckett + Lester??
None on an average fielding .250ish hitting shortstop We traded ashortstop who hit .290 for us and played similiar D to get the RF you speak of.
None on a starting catcher who's D is awful and hits .220 with a zillion K's?
None on a 2B who is having a bad yr?
None on a closer with 6 or 7 blown saves and a 2-7 W/L?
I could go on and on
"None on an average fielding .250ish hitting shortstop We traded ashortstop who hit .290 for us and played similiar D to get the RF you speak of."
Yes, and that SS we traded is 36 years old this year, and now pretty much incapable of playing SS full time. So trading him, getting a decent reliever in the process and turning over the SS position to a player actually capable of playing it defensively and freeing up money to sign Ross seems like a pretty decent overall net for the team.
As for the rest of your list, you'll point out anything and everything you see as a deficiency. So what exactly was he supposed to do to prevent Pedroia from having an off year? As for Aceves, he was thrown into the closer role last minute because of a freak injury to Bailey. And even with that he's done a decent job as closer. Papelbon himself had as many blown saves a couple of years ago, so using ONLY that stat to judge Aceves is total BS and you know it.
Bottom line is all you're doing is your usual whining. Most of what has derailed the Sox this year were things that no one could have predicted or prepared for entering the season. The areas where there were definite needs were addressed. It's everywhere else that has been a problem all season long.
Actually you're right, it's not all on Beckett and Lester. Pedroia and Gonzalez are having down years and Ellsbury has contributed next to nothing so far. And again, how is that the fault of the GM? I'm sure you in your infinite wisdom saw that coming.
Combined those five, plus Crawford, Lackey, and Daisuke, are being paid over $105 million this season.
To further illustrate this for Randy, here are the top 10 players in terms of salary for the Sox this year:
Gonzalez, Adrian $21,857,143Crawford, Carl $20,357,143Beckett, Josh $17,000,000Lackey, John $15,950,000Ortiz, David $14,575,000Matsuzaka, Daisuke $10,333,333Pedroia, Dustin $8,250,000Ellsbury, Jacoby $8,050,000Lester, Jon $7,625,000Bailey, Andrew $3,900,000
Of those 10 players 4 have underperformed expectations entering this year (Beckett, Lester, Pedroia and Gonzalez) and 5 have missed over half the season (Crawford, Lackey, Matsuzaka, Ellsbury, and Bailey). Add in another $12.5 million of ineffectiveness and injury from Youk before he was traded to clear room for Middlebrooks and that's your recipe for a $175 million payroll and a sub-.500 team. And now that Ortiz has missed the majority of a month of play himself he may need to be added into the "not getting their money's worth" list as well.
The Sox would have needed Harry freakin Potter as GM to have been able to fix that mess.