Dunking Donut wrote:I'm happy with this signing. I think 'belli is a solid catcher that can put up respectable numbers given more playing time. I think the dropoff from Tek won't be that great, certianly not $8.5M worth (which is plenty leftover to sign a top tier pitcher, a la Pavana, Radke, Leiter, etc..).
Dunking Donut wrote:Why? We'll need pitching because Lowe, and probably Pedro, will be gone next year. Schilling is a #1 and Arroyo and Wake are good 4&5 guys, and Kim blows. We need #2 & 3 starters and anybody decent ain't that cheap.
If the Sox need to cut payroll to avoid the luxury tax, there's only so many places to do it. To keep Tek, Lowe, and Pedro, the Sox will have to spend $30M in '05 (and '06 and '07). To get two of the pitchers I mentioned, 'belli, and backup catcher (assuming Shoppach isn't ready) will cost around $18M. So, you get younger, stay on par or slightly better with pitching, and save $12M. It makes complete sense.
Mirabelli will be 36 and making $1.5M when his contract is up. Tek would be 37 (assuming he gets 10/5) and making $10M. How does that work in the Sox's favor?
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