Epstein’s To Do List for this off-season:
- Deepen Rotation – DONE
- Increase Outfield Defense – DONE
- Improve Bullpen – Incomplete
- Increase Infield Defense – Incomplete? Maybe Not
Okay, so he solved the first issue on the list with John Lackey. The second
issue on the list was rectified with Mike Cameron, effectively replacing Jason
Bay’s defensive prowess, and then some. The third point may not have a
solution. After losing Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito, it’s hard to
imagine a bullpen as strong as it was late in 2009. But, Epstein went after low risk
players like Boof Bonser, and by extending the rotation, perhaps one of the
6 starters could find time in the bullpen. As for the final issue on Epstein’s mind, he
solved half the problem with the signing of Marco Scutaro. Now, just as we
were thinking that maybe we had to hope for Mike Lowell‘s health, it appears
that perhaps our infield picture is coming into focus, as reports are stating that the
Sox are close to bringing Adrian Beltre to town on a one year contract worth
about $9-10MM with a possible option for 2011.
I like this deal. It means we don’t have to rely on Lowell, but we keep a strong
defense and strong bat that Lowell used to provide. We keep a strong defense at
third without losing any power. Furthermore, Beltre comes relatively cheap, and with
just a one year contract, could open the door for Adrian Gonzalez when the
Padres become a little more desperate to trade him (say, next off-season, perhaps?)
Now we just need to figure out the bullpen.
Makes you wonder if Jason Bay will ever sign with a team. He’s starting to look like the ugly duckling.
First, Los Angeles sees no need for him. Then, Boston offers a deal to Holliday, and
signs Mike Cameron, seemingly being content with having a 38 year-old
player with two major injuries from the past, instead of a young power slugger.
Now, Seattle decides that they’d rather have a man who can’t even count to three out
in left field every day instead of a perennial slugger.
Maybe Bay should consider lowering his price …
I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a decent slugger face-palm himself so many
times at Fenway Park. Oh wait – maybe I can! Jason Bay comes to mind.
As a fellow Canadian, I was one of few people in the know regarding Jason Bay
before he threw himself into All-Star status. When he was coming up through the
Padres and Pirates organizations he was the pride of Canada. With Larry
Walker retiring, and people like Jeff Francis and Matt Stairs on
the decline, he found himself in the spotlight with every major media outlet in
Canada. And then, as quickly as he became a star, Russell Martin and
Joey Votto took his place.
Enter July 2008. he gets traded to Boston in a blockbuster for Manny
Ramirez. He plays his first Major League game in Canada. He thrives in the
middle of the lineup for a big market club.
And then he balked. He pulls off 36 HR and 119 RBI, but combined with 162
strikeouts and a mediocre-at-best AVG of .267.
Looks like he slipped again. With the Red Sox signing Mike Cameron to fill a
spot in LF alongside Jeremy Hermida, and John Lackey as a way of
spending the money thought to be going to Bay, he’s almost guaranteed to be
leaving Beantown. I for one am totally okay with that, as much as I loved his time
You tried to get more money than you’re worth. You’ve seen how Epstein works in
the past, Jason. He always gets the job done when he needs to, and trying to steal
money from him that you don’t deserve won’t work. If someone else wants to pay you
that much, then good for them. Maybe you could find a career as a true
Enjoy your life in Seattle or Queens. Between the coffee and great Broadway shows
(not to mention the great shopping in both cities! A great opportunity to spend all
that cash!), they’re two great choices for you to never win a World Series in. Enjoy
never seeing the post-season again. I hope the extra year and $15 million was worth
playing in a pitcher’s park on clubs that will always be “just not quite good enough”.
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.