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That comes to...88 wins.
Voxter, guy on the internet, obviously knows more about baseball than the Red Sox GM.
Quick bet: Carl Crawford will have a better OPS+ than Hamilton in 2017.
Also agreeing: 30 Helens.
The Red Sox could have signed Hamilton/Greinke/Pagan for the same luxury tax number that they had Crawford/Beckett/Gonzalez for, a hair more in total money, and they would have better projections than those guys.
The Red sox should not be trying to make slightly less disastrous decisions than last time. They should be trying to make good ones.
The Sox will need to find some way to add talent before 2014, but I have trouble saying that the fact that they haven't added impact talent before mid-December 2012 is particularly damning.
For about $28 mil AAV, you could have had Sanchez and Jackson.
This is fair, but I'd be more positive about it if they hadn't also committed $39ish million per year for non-impact talent.
Sanchez at 5 years doesn't excite me. He's a good pitcher, not a great one or anywhere close to it. The reason to sign him to a five year deal is you think he's going to break out. His career to date does not warrant a five year deal.
Just as a warning, I may turn into a raving, KM-style trolling lunatic if the only two above average youngish starters left on the market sign for 5/75 or less and Boston ends up with neither of them.
I get that, but he's also as consistent and projectable as you're going to find on the open market, right? These guys just aren't hitting the market anymore.
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