Progress, Boston Red Sox v. Capitalism Edition

by evanmcmurry

Ben Cherington must read this blog and its long-running complaint about ballclubs sinking all their money into overpriced slugger salaries:

We knew when we made the Dodger trade, when we moved (Adrian) Gonzalez, that we would have to try to find a way to replace that offense, and as we got into the offseason we understood that was probably going to have to come from a combination of guys and maybe not one guy. (via)

Many guys as opposed to one guy? That’s not how baseball works.

Cherington has already offloaded three of Theo Epstein’s obscenely-paid players; of them, Gonzalez was the only one potentially worth a blockbuster contract, but even still his salary was so stratospheric that it’s hard to imagine a single player’s performance living up to its value (no player’s does). So while Cherington is still stuck with Dice-K and John Lackey, both Epstein acquisitions, he’s showing a proclivity for the smarter, mid-range contracts of the mid-2000s Sox—in other words, he’s acting like Epstein before Epstein started handing out contracts the size of a small nation’s GDP to anyone who was on the market that year.