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Red Sox might be happier ... but not better

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08:09 AM ET 12.05 | By shedding the millions owed Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox had money to burn -- money spent on Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and, now, Shane Victorino, with the latter two signing for $39 over three seasons. Say one thing: They're consistent. But that's $78 million committed to two flawed players, one the Rangers thought so little of that they didn't even offer a one-year, $13.3 million tender sheet and one that looked every bit like a platoon player in 2012. Within, oh, 30 seconds of the Victorino news breaking, many executives in the Opryland Cascades lobby thought it was the silliest thing they'd ever heard. ... They'll smile more in the clubhouse, but you cannot make the case that Boston is better off now.

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December 5, 2012  08:22 AM ET

I think the Red Sox are feeling a little desperate to fill as many positional holes as possible and are forcing their own hand by overpaying for these guys.

December 5, 2012  08:24 AM ET

Poor starting pitching put them in last place. That's what they need to fix. That's too much money to Gomes, Victorino and Napoli (why do I want to call him Mike Stanley?). They just fill holes, they don't make the team better.

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December 5, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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I don't like the direction they're taking with these signings...they don't need to fill holes with veterans, most of the team is a hole. They need to be acquiring and developing young players for the future.

All are just 3 year deals. While you are developing those young players they still need to put a respectable team on the field. Pitching will be the deciding factor for next years team. They have plenty of offense to win.

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December 5, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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The big problem for me is that it's difficult to get the young guys in the lineup to develop when you have high priced veterans that you pretty much have to play. I guess if they end up trading these guys to teams fighting for the playoffs before their three years are up, it's less of an issue.

I hear what your saying , but the top position propects ,Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Bryce Brentz are not quite ready to be brought up. Bogaerts is a SS, so they will have room for him. Bradley will take over in CF next year after Ellsbury leaves and they can always move someone to make room for Bryce. The rest of their top prospects close to being in the bigs are pitchers.

December 5, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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Poor starting pitching put them in last place. That's what they need to fix. That's too much money to Gomes, Victorino and Napoli (why do I want to call him Mike Stanley?). They just fill holes, they don't make the team better.

I could understand ignoring the starting pitching last year because they had so much money tied up they probably couldn't afford to do anything. But this year they have money to spend.; I'm not sure what the thinking is.

The off-season has a ways to go though, so maybe there are deals in the works.

December 5, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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That was well said. I agree totallyVictorino is at the end

MLB network reported Cleveland offered Victorino 4 years $44M.

December 5, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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I think the Red Sox are feeling a little desperate to fill as many positional holes as possible and are forcing their own hand by overpaying for these guys.

I think they were willing to over pay to keep the contracts at 3 years or less.

December 5, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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I could understand ignoring the starting pitching last year because they had so much money tied up they probably couldn't afford to do anything. But this year they have money to spend.; I'm not sure what the thinking is. The off-season has a ways to go though, so maybe there are deals in the works.

There aren't many teams with pitchers to trade, and the one that has the most - the Rays - isn't going to trade with someone in their division.

December 5, 2012  09:33 AM ET

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