El Gaupo wrote:Really., based on what? FYI JT Snow isn't starting.
I doubt that decision has been made in January and even if it is true then what upgrade are you talking about, Youkilis was part of the Red Sox roster last season as a bench player.
Mike Lowell and his .236 avg (2005) and career .272 an upgrade over the 2003 AL batting champion That in itself makes your argument ludicrous.
Also it should be obvious to anyone with at least half a brain cell that no way is Coco Crisp an upgrade over Damon. 52 million over 4 years for his services should be evidence enough of that.
They have upgraded at 2B only and even that's for a 34 year old who must now adjust to the AL for the first time and could at anytime fall back to the mediocracy he displayed for 8 years in Milwaukee.
The Red Sox lineup is far worse than last season and it's evident that there's no way they can afford to see the back of Manny even if deep down they'd like to.
If the 2005 version of their pitching staff turns up in 2006 then they could very likely be battling the Rays for the wooden spoon in the AL East.