Going back to my baseball preview column I did at the beginning of the season I had said the Orioles would be good in 3-5 years if they gave Duquette a chance, but were still in rebuilding mode. Well it turns out he was able to do it in year one. Meanwhile I couldn’t put the Sox in fourth, bet they’re sitting in last and could stay there with one more loss.
The Orioles and Athletics both took me by surprise. I think they took all of baseball by surprise. But at the end of the day, I love it.
Sure I’m a Sox fan at the end of the day, but I hated what the Sox had become. They became the Yankees during their stretch of not winning World Series. Remember after the 90′s when the Yankees started going after every big name free agent? Mussina, Giambi, etc. They dumped Tino Martinez for a Jason Giambi who was on all kinds of steroids and the Yankees’ fans hated them for it.
Well, the Sox did some of the same. Not so much replacing an icon that everyone loved with a juicehead, but they spent all their money wrong. They went after John Lackey and Carl Crawford when they should have been going after Jayson Werth. They needed a right handed bat and instead they signed Crawford, then tried to sell the fans on the acquisition.
This past off-season they made a few trades (none that really worked) after they lost their closer to free agency. They should have just re-signed him. Not saying the bullpen was a huge problem this season (starters were the real issue) but having Aceves in your rotation may have helped things. And I still believe that Mark Buehrle would have been a great free agent pickup in the off-season because he eats innings.
As we look ahead (it’s all we can do) we see that the free agent crop this coming off-season isn’t great. Josh Hamilton is a bat that’s out there but isn’t going after that big bat available in free agency what screwed you with Crawford?
It’ll be interesting to see what Uncle Larry decides to let Puppet Ben do this off-season. Will he be allowed to trade Jacoby (their only chip)? Will he be allowed to overhaul the roster? Will he be allowed to fire Bobby V and bring in his own manager? So many questions abound as the team limps to what is a guaranteed last place (maybe a tie for) finish.