- Nov 29, 2001
I would argue that paying one player $35 million a year and incurring luxury tax and draft penalties for the next three-plus years would hamper the opportunity to keep other 'homegrown core' players like Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrew Benintendi and ultimately Rafael Devers, but I guess that's just me.They’ve already botched 2020, there’s no way to recover it. Ticket sales, ratings, merchandise, etc will be down significantly and who’s to say it will stop in 20?
Rivals are spending to get better - even the Twins are spending money to get better - and the Red Sox are in cost cutting mode in the midst of an incredible opportunity with a home grown core.
The billionaire smart guys want to reinvent the wheel again. They’ll trade Mookie or let him walk then throw a pile of money at the next Carl Crawford - pump him up on NESN (see Panda suit day 1) and we’ll see what happens from there.
The franchise has lost all momentum and it’s going to be really tough - and costly - to get it back.