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Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:04 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 2:05 pm
 
Bobby Valentine was thrilled to get the job as Red Sox manager. But did he know he might be going to spring training without a starting shortstop and only three set-in-stone starting pitchers?

Young, bright Ben Cherington had to be excited to ascend to the Red Sox GM job. But did anyone tell him he'd have to operate like a small-market club?

With little more than a week to go before things start getting under way in the spring camp of the historic team, their starting shortstop is Nick Punto. If it isn't Mike Aviles. And their rotation is one big puzzle. At least 40 percent of it is.

Red Sox management has found a novel way to change the story from the chicken-and-beer parties to something else. Of course, the Valentine hiring helps, because there is no better manager at getting his team positive and interesting publicity. But how to cover the fact that they have major questions in three key spots and their owner has apparently decided to spend his resources on soccer instead?

The hiring of Valentine was a brilliant stroke, even if it did take a nudge from team president Larry Lucchino and upper management. And the wise trades for Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon satisfy the question of how they'll replace Jonathan Papelbon in the bullpen. But now, what are they going to do for a starting shortstop and two starting pitchers? (They have made an offer to Roy Oswalt, but it appears he will sign elsewhere.)

It's obvious poor Cherington was given pennies to try to compete with the Yankees and Rays, perhaps the two best teams in baseball, following the departure of his legendary mentor Theo Epstein. Epstein got $18.5 million from the Cubs and Papelbon got $50 million from the Phillies. But the biggest free agent signing Red Sox owner John Henry authorized was that of Valentine, whose contract isn't known. But we'll assume over his two years, he beat Cody Ross' $3 million (though that's on a one-year deal) and the eminently scrappy Punto's $3 million (two years). The other free agents, Vicente Padilla and Kelly Shoppach, were even less money.

Cherington showed some ingenuity in landing both Bailey and Melancon for the pen, reinforcements that will be sorely needed with a rotation that appears highly questionable. Beyond Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz, who incidentally is returning from a back injury, the Red Sox will hope reliever-turned-starter Daniel Bard can fill one of the remaining rotation spots and that someone from Padilla, Carlos Silva and a host of similar possibilities can be the No. 5 man. Cherington was also made to save money to allow him to make even the cheapie moves he did execute, leading him to trade starting shortstop Marco Scutaro at a $6 million savings.

Boston's total outlay of cash was less than $10 million (not counting Valentine). Henry hasn't explained the sudden frugality. But here's one guess: He overspent on soccer.

Henry's outlay of loot for his Liverpool soccer team was $179 million this year, or about 20 times what he spent on the Red Sox. Forward Andy Carroll got 35 million pounds ($54.7 million), forward Luis Suarez got 23 million pounds ($35.9 million), midfielder Stewart Downing 20 million pounds ($31.2 million), midfielder Jordan Henderson 16 million pounds ($25 million), midfielder Charlie Adam 7.5 million pounds ($11.7 million), defenseman Sebastian Coates seven million pounds ($10.9 million) and defenseman Jose Enrique got 6.3 million pounds ($9.8 million).

That's all great for Liverpoool.

Now, can any of them pitch or play shortstop?





Comments

Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:55 am
 

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

Its not about not liking soccer,(I don't) but about him not making the Red Sox his 1st priority. Throw in the race cars and you have a disinterested owner of a crown jewel baseall franchise.



Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:47 am
 

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

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Ok I'm a Liverpool fan and I'll let you in on some other things that have gone on at the Club since FSG took over from those Cartoon characters that were, George Gillett and Tom Hicks.

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He has spent alot of money on us, that is 100% true, but he has been mainly atoning for the Cowboys mistakes and dishonourable running of our club. Quite a large sum of money they have spent came from the sale of Fernando Torres who had left the club on the final day of the Transfer window for around £50 million. Don't forget his wages on top (£120,000 Per Week which equates to approx £6.2 million per year, not including added on bonuses). Andy Carroll was bought as a replacement, really out of desperation because we have just lost our star striker. Due to it being in the final hours of the Transfer window, the price was inflated dramatically (£35 million but FAR less wages than Torres).

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I don't know the full ins and outs of the club and all the accurate details, but from what i've gathered from sources and what has been reported in the local Newspaper (the only real paper to get proper and accurate answers and NOT from national tabloids/Rags), The Liverpool Echo etc, we have had some major offield changes too. We have signed a deal with "Standard Charted Bank" which sees Liverpool get £20 million per year for having their name on the front of our Shirts/Jerseys etc. We also have signed a deal with "Warrior" who, I know don't deal in the sport of Football (Face it that's it's real name!) which also means we get £25 million per year for wearing their brand as our Shirts/Jerseys/Training gear etc from 2012-2013 season onwards, The second largest deal in Football behind the Worlds best team, Barcelona. We also apparently have the rights back from Adidas to merchandise our own stuff (I think they had a deal with us which meant that they branded the stuff and got a cut) this means more money will be made by the Club. With a successful season (European Competition for next season) That will include around £20 million for the place we finish, plus TV rights etc and for being in the European Competition that could equate to approx £40-50 million.

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We have also signed a Deal with Turkish Airlines, one of the most popular destinations in Europe, 3K Batteries (I think they are a Thai Company that makes Car Batteries, apparently one of the leading makers in the world) and LeBron James has a stake in the club. All this equates to more sales, higher revenue and more possiblites to make money globally. This added to the fact since FSG took over Liverpool the wage bill has been dramatically decreased by approx between £20-30 million per year and the new philosophy of buying young players for their growth, a possibly higher selling on fee and a fantastic youth system. This means we won't have to buy much in future and we will continue to grow and make money without the need to continue buying players.

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So if you look at it, from a new kit sponsorship and a new kit maker that is in itself £45 million per year. Added revenue from making our own merchandise, that could add another £5-10 million per year. We still have a deal with Carlsberg which gives us £1-3 million per year. IF we finish in the European spot that will add an extra £40-50 million per year. Potentially that is £90-100+ million per year in revenue and prize money (not including the Carling Cup final that we have reached). This added to the £20-30 million SAVED from a dramatically cut wage bill and a youthful, hungry and potentially very good squad of players with added academy players coming up, could be worth even more in the long run.

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We had to spend big over the past year "to steady the ship" after what happened under the leadership of those Cartoon Characters, Hicks and Gillett. They nearly ruined us. They sold 2 of our best players which severly weakened the team and as a rsult alot of unrest surrounded the club on the inside, players, coaches etc and ofcourse the paying supporter. We wasn't able to spend the money that we raised from the sales of Xabi Alonso and Mascherano (Both left for a combined £60-65 million pounds) because they had to try and reduce the crippling debts they themselves heaped on the club. We are now in a good place with players and coaching staff that are very happy and very skilled in what they do. We have now nearly fully recovered from near turmoil and are on the right track again with everything being set in place on and off the field. I am sure that FSG will be able to concentrate more on the Red Sox for the coming season as they have now done a remarkable job in turning my beloved team around within such a short space of time.

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I'm not a fan of Baseball, but I hope you have every success for the season and Hopefully in another 12 months time we can see 2 great sporting Franchises guided by FSG. I'll be watching the results of this coming season from  my computer/phones screen

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Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:43 am
 

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

Ok I'm a Liverpool fan and I'll let you in on some other things that have gone on at the Club since FSG took over from those Cartoon characters that were, George Gillett and Tom Hicks.<br /><br />He has spent alot of money on us, that is 100% true, but he has been mainly atoning for the Cowboys mistakes and dishonourable running of our club. Quite a large sum of money they have spent came from the sale of Fernando Torres who had left the club on the final day of the Transfer window for around £50 million. Don't forget his wages on top (£120,000 Per Week which equates to approx £6.2 million per year, not including added on bonuses). Andy Carroll was bought as a replacement, really out of desperation because we have just lost our star striker. Due to it being in the final hours of the Transfer window, the price was inflated dramatically (£35 million but FAR less wages than Torres).<br /><br />I don't know the full ins and outs of the club and all the accurate details, but from what i've gathered from sources and what has been reported in the local Newspaper (the only real paper to get proper and accurate answers and NOT from national tabloids/Rags), The Liverpool Echo etc, we have had some major offield changes too. We have signed a deal with "Standard Charted Bank" which sees Liverpool get £20 million per year for having their name on the front of our Shirts/Jerseys etc. We also have signed a deal with "Warrior" who, I know don't deal in the sport of Football (Face it that's it's real name!) which also means we get £25 million per year for wearing their brand as our Shirts/Jerseys/Training gear etc from 2012-2013 season onwards, The second largest deal in Football behind the Worlds best team, Barcelona. We also apparently have the rights back from Adidas to merchandise our own stuff (I think they had a deal with us which meant that they branded the stuff and got a cut) this means more money will be made by the Club. With a successful season (European Competition for next season) That will include around £20 million for the place we finish, plus TV rights etc and for being in the European Competition that could equate to approx £40-50 million. <br /><br />We have also signed a Deal with Turkish Airlines, one of the most popular destinations in Europe, 3K Batteries (I think they are a Thai Company that makes Car Batteries, apparently one of the leading makers in the world) and LeBron James has a stake in the club. All this equates to more sales, higher revenue and more possiblites to make money globally. This added to the fact since FSG took over Liverpool the wage bill has been dramatically decreased by approx between £20-30 million per year and the new philosophy of buying young players for their growth, a possibly higher selling on fee and a fantastic youth system. This means we won't have to buy much in future and we will continue to grow and make money without the need to continue buying players.<br /><br />So if you look at it, from a new kit sponsorship and a new kit maker that is in itself £45 million per year. Added revenue from making our own merchandise, that could add another £5-10 million per year. We still have a deal with Carlsberg which gives us £1-3 million per year. IF we finish in the European spot that will add an extra £40-50 million per year. Potentially that is £90-100+ million per year in revenue and prize money (not including the Carling Cup final that we have reached). This added to the £20-30 million SAVED from a dramatically cut wage bill and a youthful, hungry and potentially very good squad of players with added academy players coming up, could be worth even more in the long run.<br /><br />We had to spend big over the past year "to steady the ship" after what happened under the leadership of those Cartoon Characters, Hicks and Gillett. They nearly ruined us. They sold 2 of our best players which severly weakened the team and as a rsult alot of unrest surrounded the club on the inside, players, coaches etc and ofcourse the paying supporter. We wasn't able to spend the money that we raised from the sales of Xabi Alonso and Mascherano (Both left for a combined £60-65 million pounds) because they had to try and reduce the crippling debts they themselves heaped on the club. We are now in a good place with players and coaching staff that are very happy and very skilled in what they do. We have now nearly fully recovered from near turmoil and are on the right track again with everything being set in place on and off the field. I am sure that FSG will be able to concentrate more on the Red Sox for the coming season as they have now done a remarkable job in turning my beloved team around within such a short space of time.<br /><br />I'm not a fan of Baseball, but I hope you have every success for the season and Hopefully in another 12 months time we can see 2 great sporting Franchises guided by FSG. I'll be watching the results of this coming season from  my computer/phones screen 




Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:07 am
 

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

True, BoSox pitching will be a constant worry but they survived, and thrived, before. My thinking is more in line with hitting. Pedroia, Youklis, Ortiz and Crawford. Healthy? Consistent to our our elevated expectations due to their splendid past performances? Getting rid of an uninterested(IMO) Papelbon and finally ridding ourselves of Drew is additiion by subtraction to me. Spring training is close and my optimism remains strong. Good luck all Red Sox fans...bound to be interesting.



Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:10 am
 

RE: Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

Can' tell you how fun it will be after watching last years' implosion to see the SAWX finish a distant third in the division. NYY in 2012!!



Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:53 am
 

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

The first major issue is trying to compare Liverpool to the Boston Red Sox, especially the signing practices of each. Unless they wanted to pay a mega contract two years in a row to a first baseman, sign the oft-injured Jose Reyes, thought Wilson or Darvish were worth ace money, there was no one to spend money on. They had a hole at closer and acquired an all-star yet to hit his prime. After their Matsuzaka experience, they weren't going after Darvish. Wilson wasn't worth the years. The market was plain thin.<br /><br />The second issue is that maybe they weren't big spending because that predecessor, Theo Epstein, went nuts last winter. Signing Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to massive and lengthy contracts coupled with John Lackey's atrocious deal has a significant impact. <br /><br />Third, the largest contract by Henry with Liverpool for Andy Carroll is for 5 years/54.7 million. To acquire 7 players for that is hardly overspending. <br /><br />Fourth, you can win a World Series with a hole at one position or a patchwork #5 because you can go to a 3-man rotation come the playoffs. To compete, let alone win, a European football team must have bench players who are of the highest caliber. The Rays can win through developing talent but there is a reason that you don't see Wigan atop the EPL or near it EVER. <br /><br />




Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:34 am
 

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

If a journalist "isn't very interested" in some topic, then they aren't held accountable to report honestly?  Seems like a bizarre claim for you to make.  Also, plenty of people are fans of soccer, football, baseball, and plenty of other sports, myself included.  The blog post makes patently false statements, which is simply lazy journalism, it's really got nothing to do with what sport you're a fan of.

Question: why are sports fans who don't care for soccer so passionate about their distaste for the sport and the fans?  You don't get it, that's great, move on!  I don't get watching Nascar, but I don't care if others enjoy it.  Us soccer fans feel the same way about your criticisms of boring 1-nil games the same way us baseball fans feel about someone telling us a 1-0 pitchers duel was boring.  It's just two different cups of tea, no need to get ultra-bent about something you don't understand.

Anyhow, what's noteworthy is that there's a front page article on a major sports website that makes false claims.  That's why people are feeling the need to chime in.  From the author's (JH) twitter, it's clear that he's not only unwilling to correct his mistakes or offer an addendum, he's just willing to talk trash on those who point out his mistake.  Classy stuff.





Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:17 pm
 

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

Maybe since the writer is covering baseball he just isn't very interested in soccer. I know I'm not. So many soccer fans felt the need to read the article in search of errors they could be offended by. Is it a slow soccer day? Shouldn't you all be out of the house, getting drunk, and beating each other up? Oh yes.......baseball. I think the chickens are coming home to roost. Outlandish contracts have a way of catching up to you. The Angels and Tigers went nuts this year. I think the Red Sox are getting smarter. Many teams are beginning to follow the model of successful small market teams like the Rays and Twins. It's good to be rich if you're building a baseball team but being smart is even better.


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Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:53 pm
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Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:49 pm
 

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

The Sox are doomed! Just ask the Tampa Bay Bucs what happens to your American team, when your owner is spending BIG BUCKS on Euro soccer. Good luck with that! Guess their run is over.


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