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Posted Thursday April 28, 2011, About: Cashman 1 Epstein 0
I'm not sure you're remembering the embarassment V-Mart was with runners on base. While not as bad as Tek, he's not that good. Plus... Remember that Beltre and V-Mart wanted (and have a right to get) big, long contracts. Both Boston and New York already are old going on older. Meanwhile these two stars were replaced with younger players that have a very long shelf life - even if a little scetchy in their first few weeks. Speaking of which... remember when the sportswriters wanted to throw Pedroia away for his slow start? He followed that with Rookie of the Year and MVP.

Theo is right to wait for a better catching prospect. You yourself talked about "the marathon" approach. I disagree that Theo is thinking about winning NOW. If he was, he would have played a different hand. Long contracts with Crawford and Gonzo absolutely are not signs of a team desperate to win in the short run. There aren't any great catching prospects out there. The Yanks outmaneuvered Theo on the one decent one. Score one for Cashman. Other than that, I say wait for homegrown or wait to see what Salty will do. If he can learn to manage the pitching staff and hit above the Mendoza line - and he probably can do both - then he'll be good enough until the next Johnny Bench comes along.

Boston will clear a lot of salaries off the payroll next year. That's the time for another incremental move.
Posted Thursday April 28, 2011, About: Cashman 1 Epstein 0
The comparisons make no sense. Boston didn't need a catcher who wanted a long-term contract and couldn't throw anyone out at second base, and Beltre's past his peak. Gonzo and Crawford are just arriving at their peaks. And how many weeks are we into the season?

If you want to annoint Cashman a genius for failing to get his targeted players, well go for it!

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