GotowarMissAgnes wrote:KW said he had a contending team last year. How'd that work out for him? Now that we've established that he's not infallible, maybe you can open your eyes to the possibility that others might know something. For example, the stat crowd predicted very well where the Sox would finish last year. The Chicago media even had big write-ups laughing about how those geeky stat guys knew nothing. Guess who was laughing in October?
Yes, the Angels PWND you bad in the Garland for Cabrera trade, so it is certainly possible, as some have pointed out, that KW could find an even dumber GM to get a good pitcher for Garland. But, seriously, nobody's going to give anything for Crede until he proves his healthy. At the very best, you might be able to trade him near the end of Spring training. But, even then, it's not just the injury. It's just that Crede is not that good.
No one KNOWS what will happen. That makes baseball so great a game. But,what is also great about it is that the stats allow you to make reasonable guesses about the most likely scenario. And, the most likely scenario for the Sox this year is still little better than last year.
1. Im not saying other dont know anything and KW is just a God, blah, blah, blah. Im saying he is much smarter than you, and he is.
Another thing: I think even you would admit a lot of things went awfully wrong for the Sox last year, which lead to an awful season. But, most will bounceback form that.
2. I dont think it was a terrible trade. I think it was a decent trade. How it will work out remains to be seen. Uribe had to be replaced. Thats just a fact. Also, the experts(espn, etc.) think it was a very even trade.
3. And I honestly can't respect your opinion any longer if you dont think Crede was any good. Thats just stunning. A guy who hits .283-30 hr-94 rbi and gives you a Gold Glove Caliber defense isnt a good player, thats a great player. And even if Crede doesnt hit .280(which he probably wont) his career numbers point to his power numbers increasing every year. So you could still expect around 30 hr and 90+ rbi, and extremely valuable player. And any team looking to contend without a solid 3B would love to have Crede.
3. I also think its foolish to think the Sox wont greatly improve. Take the huge upgrades out-- even if those guys who had terrible years would bounce back, which is likely, that would be good for 80 wins.