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  1. Black_Jack29

    A Realistic Offseason

    I'm guessing that Collins has at least a couple of options left. If that's the case, he can spend a good chunk of 2020 in Charlotte next season. McCann is a FA in 2021 and I don't see the Sox re-signing him.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    Lopez is dirt-cheap and is under team control for the next three or so years. He's inconsistent as hell, but he's also young and has shown flashes of dominance. That's exactly the type of pitcher the Sox need to anchor the back of the rotation while they spend on a couple of established veterans to fill out the rotation. I don't know what to expect out of Collins going forward, but I doubt that McCann is going to put up a .789 OPS next season.
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    Steve Stone not returning to the booth next season???

    They certainly don’t hire the right scouting and player development personnel to compete with those constraints.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    I think that the Sox are going to have a tough time competing in this division with the Twins and Indians, even with the changes that I outlined. That said. I agree that they’ll be interesting and fun to watch in 2020.
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    Steve Stone not returning to the booth next season???

    They are?
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    A Realistic Offseason

    Sorry, "traded for." I'd love to believe that JR was actually willing to sign a 10-year, $250M commitment to a player. But nothing about his way of doing business suggests that he'd do such a thing.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    You know what else doesn't make any sense? Reinsdorf and Einhorn switching the Sox to pay TV while their in-town competitor broadcasted their games on a nationally aired cable TV station. Or JR leading a hard-line contingent of owners and triggering a strike while the Sox were in first place. Or trading away some of your best players in late July when you're 3 1/2 games out of first place. The Sox have a long history of making moves that seem incredibly dumb in hindsight.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    You can make all the disparaging comments you want, but it doesn't strengthen your argument.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    I never claimed that it was an intelligent strategy and, yes, it clearly backfired. (The silly signing of Alonso and Jay was a big part of it backfiring.) But I honestly believe that the Sox never intended to pay Machado $250M.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    Does it make sense that a notoriously cheap owner would want to be on the hook for $250M at age 83, when he's probably close to selling the team?
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    A Realistic Offseason

    So are you saying that the Sox front office didn't have the incentive to create the false impression that they're pursuing a big-money, marquee free agent, when they're struggling with attendance and were in the process of negotiating a new TV contract?
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    A Realistic Offseason

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    A Realistic Offseason

    It gives the impression that the Sox are trying, which is in contrast to what most of their fans believe. If the Sox were serious about signing Machado, they would've out-bid San Diego.
  14. Black_Jack29

    A Realistic Offseason

    I agree with this. The Sox are better off paying less to a guy like Wheeler, signing an average-to-below-average starter to anchor the bottom of the rotation, re-signing Abreu, going after a decent LH bat at the RH or DH spot, and seeing how Kopech, Cease, Robert, and Madrigal develop in 2020. Even with these additions, they're probably not a playoff team. They can always add more via free agency in 2021.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    Unless there's a change in ownership prior to 2024, the Sox are not going to re-sign Moncada and pay him the $40M/year that he's going to command on the FA market.
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