Gregs Kite wrote:
Things are about to get fun around Fenway. They're about to trade one of their most popular and proven pitchers because they......can't afford him? What in the fuck? All of a sudden we have to have a Kickstarter to get my team to pay its players?
Hey Balls, if you're still reading, maybe go take a walk and play with some spoons and keys, I'm gonna talk baseball unironically. Thanks.
The Sox have fucked this up from the beginning. They mistook Lester's willingness to take a discount as a sign that they could lowball him. Now they have him on record as saying he understands if they have to trade him and still would consider re-signing here. Pink Hat Nation takes this to mean "Cool! Trade him now and save his locker because he'll be back in November!" Yeah, because the price will be so much lower with him on the open market! They think he's just gonna go on a little vacation and come back to us with no hard feelings.
The problem with this team isn't the pitching. They can't hit for shit, Pedroia sucks. Napoli sucks. Victorino sucks. Ortiz is fine so long as the cycles are maxed out. And their solution is to trade their ace for some AAA prospects, hoping they really start to come around in '16? We keep hearing about this influx of young arms in our system. You're telling me we can't convince Miami to pick four or five players for Stanton? What about Gonzalez in Colorado? Since when did Boston become the fucking Devil Rays? Sitting around, extreme coupon-ing our way through the season. Fuck that. Flex nuts. Sign Lester for what he wants. If you regret the last couple years of the deal, that's the price of doing business. Think the Yankees regret the CC signing? It got them the '09 title. You pay the best players to help you win.
Say I trade Lester. Am I happy going into next year with surly ass John Lackey, pissed off about his league minimum contract, as the head of the rotation? What about pussy ass Clay Buchholz? Well, after he's done making excuses
like a flimsy bitch.
“[We] lost a handful of good players last year that contributed a lot,” Buchholz said. “Having [Jacoby] Ellsbury in center field, a threat to hit 30 home runs in a season, and [who] can obviously run when he gets on base, we don’t have every single factor that we had last year to go into our team.”
Says they lost a handful of players and names one. One who's hitting .282 with 8 HRs in a park with a joke of a right field fence. Okay. Asshole. This team sucks because no one can hit and you pitch like a queer half the time.
I understand the thinking of not wanting to commit long term to 30 year pitchers for 6-8 years. But this is a proven commodity. He's relatively consistent, has stayed healthy, can pitch in Boston and the post-season with success. Why are we balking at paying him? Why are we putting our faith in a couple of kids in Portland that may or may not work out. So why not throw him a 5 year deal at $30 million per? It makes no sense, to me.
Thanks for reading. Have a swell day.