- Oct 1, 2015
Too young to remember the Haywood Sullivan/Buddy Leroux days, huh?I never thought I'd see the day where the Red Sox were getting rid of their best players in the prime of their careers. As others have noted, they put themselves in this position and it makes sense. But it doesn't make it any less of a bitter pill.
The team can compete? Compete for what?I'll be interested to see the pieces involved, and whether we got any of the Dodgers' lower level prospects (as they have a number of really interesting guys in the lower levels of the minors).
I'm also completely fine with this move. Mookie is a phenomenal player. He is also a guy who is clearly motivated to get the largest contract possible, and I'm not sure I want to be the team on the hook for that. He generates a ton of value through his legs and defense, and I don't know how that'll age. Looking at his build, he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who can pack on additional power to offset a reduction in his speed. The team has been hamstrung by poor drafting and poor signings, and for all the "billionaire" lamentations, they were never going to spend their way to organizational health. The team can still compete this year, and I'll watch them just as much as I would had they kept Mookie.