jeffc_76 wrote:Nomar4prez wrote:Ya, but Varitek, Ortiz, Reese, Mueller, Lowe, Wakefield weren't MVP(Cy Young) type players when we signed them. We "developed" them into better ballplayers when they were on OUR team.
Sheffield= In the running for MVP
Giambi= Same as above^
Brown= Always in the Cy Young race
I could also argue for Vazquez, but his numbers weren't great b/c he played in Montreal. I'm not complaining either, just showing some faults in your argument.
Schilling, Martinez (NL Cy Young), Ramirez, and Foulke were all stars before ever coming to Boston. Damon was pretty close too. Boston plays the same game as NY - trying to win by aggressively pursuing all outlets, and is off to a nice start this year doing just that. You can't have it both ways though and cry foul when NY has done it better.
I agree completely that Boston is second to New York in "buying" their players, but New York, with their $50+ million, can buy another 2-3-4 superstars that Boston can't. We can't keep up with New York no matter how hard we try(in basic talent, not team records .) Thankfully, we've been able to sign some players that have had extremely good years(Ortiz, Mueller, Varitek, and hopefully Reese), for not much money. I almost wish that free agency wasn't as open as it is. I like it when player's come up through the team system, and we, as fans, can watch them develop. But I guess those times are over with