- Apr 11, 2012
I mean, sure it would be great to have an ace, but why on earth would you acquire one in the middle of a rebuild?I think part of it is that we haven't acquired any top tier pitching talent either. Since 1998, we are more or less used to the Sox having an ace. We had Pedro, we had Schilling, there was a bit of a gap in 2005-2006 as Schilling was hurt and guys like Clement didn't work out (and Beckett sucked in 2006), then we had Beckett, Lester, similar lull in 2014-2015 as Lester / Buchholz declined / were hurt and Lackey didn't really work out, and then of course DD traded for a few seasons worth of ace level Sale and also signed Price (which worked out a little better than we probably thought at the time - he provided decent value for a few years). So now while we do have Bello, he was a DD pick, and Bloom didn't do much to augment that from an acquisition standpoint (he obviously has done ok getting a few young cost-controlled mid-back end rotation guys on the cheap). I think one of the reasons Cherington was fired was how the SP turned out under his watch, and I think it's fair to say the same applies to Bloom to a degree.