Rate of Return

Theo Epstein has taken some deserved shots for a handful of his personnel decisions over the past season or two.  In particular, Yankees fans were thrilled that the Boston organization passed on re-upping Johnny Damon for more than the $52M offered by the Boss.  There was similar crowing about letting Pedro walk last year, but how’s that decision looking now?  Not that Pedro can’t come back and be effective (we really hope he does, he’s one of our absolute all-time favorites), but as long as Theo et al are fair game for snarky premature criticism, it would be nice to see some of those who have taken the opportunity recently to pile on the Sox’ front office acknowledging that Theo and the Sox might not be completely clueless when it comes to the long-term.  We won’t hold our breaths.

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  • That fourth guaranteed year the Mets gave to Pedro sure isn’t looking good, that’s for sure. Heck, the *third* year isn’t looking so good right now.
    I love Pedro, but I thought letting him walk was the right choice. Even setting aside the durability issues, Pedro’s arm slot keeps getting worse, and it makes me nervous. He’s clearly not the same pitcher he was even two years ago. Doesn’t mean he can’t still pitch and pitch well, but to expect him to dominate a tough AL lineup these days looks like a tall order.
    The Sox were going to have to deal with “life after Pedro” eventually regardless; it just happened a little sooner than most thought it would. And that may or may not prove to be a good thing.

    mouse September 16, 2006, 6:37 pm
  • Paul, I think the point that Theo-bashers are trying to make is that the fortunes of the sox this year might have been different had they kept Damon, and perhaps Pedro. Thinking about the long term is good, but when players get 3 or 4 year contracts, it’s really a gamble with older players. A team may sometimes have to eat those final years to get something this year.

    dc September 18, 2006, 11:07 pm

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