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  1. This is exactly how the Sox should Respond with the Yankees. By Paying out short term (but potentially significant) money for guys with some Question marks and adding as much Depth, or guys that create depth as possible.

    As a sox fan I am Thrilled by both of these moves. Smoltz is a gamble, Far More of a gamble than Penny and more in line with the Colon gamble( however a bit better one IMO). However When Healthy over the past 4yrs hes been consistantly one of the best starters in baseball (has not had a worse than 3.50 FIP Sincethe first Clinton Administration.Also the second best FA SP talent this year beyond CC (ignoring injuries and age of course)

    A roations anorched by Two of the Top 10or 20 Pitchers in baseball in Beckett and Lester , along with a good #2 guy in Dice_k All of them in there prime. Followed by 5 Guys with Immense talent With Smoltz, Penny Wake, Buchholz, and Bowdon. This set up both hedges Bostons Bets so it should have at least a top 3-4 rotation in the game and gives it enourmous upside to be the best and Deepest rotation in my memory of any team I can think of.

    Balldelli is yet again assuming Healthy, the best 4th OF in baseball by a long shot. Hes only 27 next yr and has posted .ISO of .213 last year. and .231 in 06 in far more AB. Withe the Exception of his first two years in CF with the D-rays his UZR has been superb, granted in a SSS.

    If he truely has improved his condition greatly as recent reports suggest. it would not suprise to see a season similar to his 06…. where he tore it up to 302/340/533.

    Do people think the Sox will carry a 5th OF now? Personally I would like Eric Hinske as the backup Corner guy for both IF and OF, His D has been strong at both Posistions there, Along with a guy whos got some nice power and would come likely cheap 2yrs at total or 1yr 3.5m or so.

    Could Lugo play center 10-20s a year without emarassing himself I think this would be the keybetween 12 pitchers or 11 IMO. I don’t see any reasonwhy h

    Comment by Corris1 — January 8, 2009 @ 3:13 am

  2. RJ — you should be ashamed of that first line pun. (Not that I didn’t chuckle.)

    Comment by azruavatar — January 8, 2009 @ 8:11 am

  3. Great pickups for the Sox, granted this new found news of Baldelli is true.

    Extremely smart pickup by Theo on Smoltz. I truly thought we would not even attempt to get him after the Penny signing. If Smoltz does indeed get back by June 1, he could easily pitch 100+ innings for us and be ery productive, as he indeed was the 2nd best pitcher available talent-wise this offseason. These short term commitments are the way to go, instead of wasting lots of mulah like the yanks have done this offseason. The say they wanted to change, but they still give the same ole’ big contracts that hinder’s teams, especially with Burnett, who will not live up to his contract, and fatassabathia who is indeed, big-boned and who knows if he will stay healthy and pitch effectively in an environment as NY.

    A rotation of Beckett-Lester-Dice-k-Smoltz come playoff time.
    The only thing that concerns me is what will happen with Buc?? Is this a precursor to a trade? It may look like it is, either with him or Bowden……

    And how stupid is this comment by someone on MLBtraderumors:
    Trade Lars Anderson, Buccholz, and Bowden for Adrian Gonzalez

    Comment by Justin — January 8, 2009 @ 10:53 am

  4. I am.

    Comment by R.J. Anderson — January 8, 2009 @ 11:31 am

  5. Reading MLBTR’s comments is usually a good way to lower your IQ.

    Comment by R.J. Anderson — January 8, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

  6. Someone else said to trade those 3 for Chipper

    Comment by Victor — January 8, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

  7. “The only thing that concerns me is what will happen with Buc?? Is this a precursor to a trade? It may look like it is, either with him or Bowden…”

    Wouldn’t be surprised if this move motivates a trade of one of the young arms for Salty or Teagarden.

    Comment by Watcher — January 8, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

  8. I heard there are incentives in the Baldelli contract giving bonuses for quantities of plate appearances. This and the Smoltz return-date-bonus seem like bad ideas. I’d rather Rocco and Smoltz not push themselves if more rest is what they need. Especially when Baldelli will probably have to push himself anyways to make up for Nancy Drew’s 40 games of quad/back/hamstring pain.

    Seemingly great contracts, but with a poor choice of incentives.

    Comment by Pat — January 8, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

  9. “Damaged Goods” might be the new market inefficiency.

    A team that just needs a couple of more pieces to make the post season can either trade away the future and rent a player for a season or two, or they can sign a free agent. Damaged goods are the cheap alternative to a big named player.

    The Red Sox did not need Colon to make the post season, but having him there did not hurt any either. The A’s have been able to capitalize on Frank Thomas, and now Giambi. The Sox do not need Penny, Baldelli, or Smoltz; but having them on the squad is a much better option than a replacement level player being called up from AAA.

    As an aside if the sox do trade a young arm it will only be for a young catcher.

    Comment by Steve — January 8, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

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