McAdam: Breaking down the Sox offseason gameplan
Tue, 5 Feb 2013|
CSNNE.com's Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam breaks down why the Red Sox were reluctant to make huge moves in the offseason
It is time now for the annual guys showing up early to spring training story Red Sox pitchers and catchers don't have to report until next Tuesday but several are already in Fort Myers working out the roll call includes Jon Lester John Lackey Clay Buchholz Felix -- Bryant Daniel Bard. And Andrew Bailey they are working with a new bullpen coach as well at the team announced. Gain a lot of energy will replace the recently retired Gary tuck and while they work out Fenway Park was -- thanks to. Yeah. KC and officials started filling the Red Sox equipment truck at 7 AM. The big league was loaded with everything the team -- -- equipment training. Fans showed up by jockey with a witness -- occasion Red Sox CEO. There's appeal -- nothing cooking is that the court and to me it doesn't think greeted fans want what will metal -- About the upcoming season. It was it's just like -- The -- -- go begin the baseball season even though it's cold and overcast here we've got fourteen players already in spring training fourteen players there. Long before they're required to be there I think that's a he had a good sign. What the truck got to quit -- Fort Myers we're getting closer and closer to seeing how the 2013. Red Sox will work together. See if any does come -- -- takes a look at Boston's. Planned heading into the season. Accustomed to making big golf seasons watches the Red Sox winner was more notable for what the team didn't do. Rather than for what it did. The Sox didn't get involved -- Josh Hamilton the best free position player or what exactly right about starting pitcher on the market. If they can you blockbusters either the biggest trade involved the naming Joel Hanrahan. Pushing Andrew Bailey out of the closer role after one injury shortened season. Instead the Sox made a series of relatively short term deals with the veteran players. Jonny Gomes Ryan Dempster David -- signed two year deals while Stephen Drew and Mike Napoli settled for one year contracts. What does that tell us about the direction the Red Sox for taking. Well one thing that signals a wariness that jump back into the defense of the free agent pool where long term deals. Given the -- like Carl Crawford became a hindrance not a help. In time the Sox will compete again for the game high priced stars but with so much ground to make up they wisely passed on trying to spend their way back into contention. They also refused to part with their best prospects in deals for more established players. The Red Sox wanted to see Justin -- they could offered up the best of their minor leaguers but they didn't. Further proof that the Sox are for now intent on rebuilding from -- in the hope that next class a prospect. Can do what Jon Lester Dustin Pedroia Jacoby Ellsbury and Jonathan Papelbon did for the 20072008. Red Sox. That approach is not without its risk what -- Bogart's Jackie Bradley junior and the -- aren't as good as the Red Sox think they are. Well we won't know that until next season. But for now the steps forward will be small.