Inukchuk wrote: deerayfan072 wrote:
Geez -- This is a great signing for the sox, which I hate as a Rays fan
...and I as a Yankee fan. Boston is being pretty damn shrewd this offseason.
Of course, as Yoda mentioned, this could end up becoming a team decimated by injuries.
Couple that with the possible fluke 08 seasons by Youk, Pedroia, and Lester, and this team could end up either winning it all or missing the playoffs and I wouldn't be surprised by either. Should be an interesting AL East this year, to say the least.
Agreed. Three solid low-risk, high-reward signings, but I certainly see a path to the Sox missing the playoffs.
A bad combination of the following would do it:
• You get the 2007 versions of Bay, Drew and Dice-K instead of the 2008 versions.
• Papi's offensive decline continues
• Regression for Pedroia and/or Lester (both seem likely based on those gaudy numbers last year)
• Injury bug hits pitching staff
I think the 2009 Yankees are far more improved than the 2009 Red Sox, even though they spent a lot more. I could see the Sox having one of their worse offensive seasons in years.
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