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“It’s a great move. The Red Sox are...They always reload. But they’re significantly reloading with the two acquisitions they made so far this winter.” (ESPN)
That’s New York Yankee’s GM Brian Cashman -- a little jealous -- or a lot. Talking about the bitter rival Red Sox.
Beantown is abuzz over Boston’s two newest baseball additions -- free agent First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Carl Crawford. Both bit the BoSox bait -- hook, line and sinker.
Here’s the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan.
“It is indeed a good morning. Carl Crawford has been signed. Seven years, 142. Gotta get beyond the money. If you can live with J.D. Drew for the last several years at 14, you can live with Carl Crawford at 20. ... First you add Adrian Gonzalez. Now you add Carl Crawford. You’re adding two All-Stars. You’re adding two guys who should do very, very well at Fenway.”
That may be says ESPN’s Rob Neyer, but c’mon. Seven years? By then, Crawford’s speed will be more -- crawdad-like.
“Crawford's coming off his best season, and probably won't ever enjoy another quite as good. Seven years is a long time; $142 million is a lot of money. It's not hard to imagine his OBP (on base percentage) slipping, though, in the last two or three seasons of this seven-season contract. And if Crawford's OBP slips below .340, he probably won't be worth what the Sox are paying him.”
So, did the Red Sox overpay over the long-term? MLB****’s Peter Gammons says, it’s all part of the plan
Anchor: “We say seven years, what are they doing? But maybe not the worst idea in the world for a guy in his 20s.”
Gammons: “Well, they have very strong beliefs, the Red Sox do, that the last peak year is 36. And they have Crawford tied up through the age of 35, and Gonzalez tied up through the age of 34.”
Big spenders? No way, says Bloomberg. Big -- shrewd -- savers. Dumping the old. Dropping coin on the present and future.
“Boston has replaced the offense lost by the departures of Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre with the bats of the 29-year-old Crawford and the 28-year-old Gonzalez...a move that lowers Boston's 2011 payroll for luxury tax purposes.”
So what do you think? Beantown reloading? Or are Boston’s beans -- badly baked?
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BY NICK ADAMS
Player turned manager? Not that unusual. A play that never coached before turning manager? Well, that’s something. Robin Ventura is now the thirty ninth manager in Chicago White Sox franchise history. WFLD in Chicago has the scoop.
"Kenny Williams strikes again. He loves a good surprise. Kenny Williams hires Robin Ventura as his under the radar choice to replace Ozzie Guillen... He’s had his eyes on Ventura as managerial material since the mid 90s."
So was this a case of anybody’s better than Guillen? Or do people think Ventura can return the team to 2005 World Champion-form? The Daily Herald says they need a guy who puts the team first, and Guillen lost sight of that.
“There was a time when Guillen was precisely that. He was happy, attentive and a darn good manager, but as his anger grew and his need to be pacified ached at all hours, Guillen forgot why he was here.”
That forgetfulness earned Guillen a one-way ticket out of Chicago, and the media, often maligned by the fiery manager, hasnt forgotten. The Tribune used GM Kenny Williams to toss a backhanded performance review at Guillen.
“Williams hopes Ventura gradually can blend several underachieving veterans and inexperienced youngsters.”
But outside of Chicago, the sports media is more focused on Ventura than Guillen. Bleacher Report is behind the hire, going as far as headlining their article “5 Reasons Why Ventura is Best Choice for Chicago” In fact, they don’t even mention Guillen until reason three, and it’s more commentary than criticism.
“Many believed … they would be looking for someone who was the very antithesis of Guillen. They certainly may have found that person in Ventura. While Guillen was famous for his Twitter account and his sometimes outrageous moments with the press, Ventura may not even have a Twitter account, nor a website for that matter.”
But ESPN writer Jon Greenberg isn’t interested in Guillen or Ventura. His focus is dialed in on Kenny Williams.
“Williams likes to make a splash, and he's addicted to the limelight... And there's the rub. Williams' decision-making ability hasn't been trustworthy in years. His gut is gone, or at least in Weight Watchers. I wouldn't let him order me lunch right now. That's the real reason I have skepticism. It's not because I don't trust Ventura and his 16 years in the majors.”
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After a two-month-long search, the Red Sox have reportedly hired Bobby Valentine as the team's new manager, pending a contract agreement.
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