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#1 LorfTVP

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 05:45 AM

Brilliant moves. Smoltz is reportedly signing for a 5.5 million base salary that can reach up to 10 million while there are no details out on Baldelli yet other than people saying he's about there. Either way, Baldelli is a great player who was simply derailed by his misdiagnosed condition and the wrong treatments. So long as he can stay healthy, he's an excellent fourth outfielder. Though this does give us the need for our backup 1b to be a 1b/OF just in case Baldelli can't play on back to back days. Still, the speed off the bench really helps. As for Smoltz, I'm surprised that he's leaving the Braves, and he won't be back until May, but this is a very high upside move. I don't know if this spells the end of Wakefield's days as a starter or a trade of a young pitcher, but it's going to create some action. As they say, you can never have enough starting pitching, but as of May, Wakefield would seem like the odd man out with Beckett, Lester, Matsuzaka, Penny, and Smoltz.

Slowly but surely, the Sox are improving themselves.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 06:57 AM

Not to sure if you can bank on Penny or Smoltz right now as a guaranteed spot. I would still say Wakefield has a solidified spot given that he is consistent and probably a lock for at least 13 wins.

I said about a month ago that I would take a shot on Smoltz if I were the Yankee, but the Red Sox are giving him a little more money than I anticipated given his injury and age right now.

As for Baldelli. Gotta love the pride if Rhode Island going to the Red Sox. I hate the Red Sox, but I know a lot of people in our wonderful state Lorf will love it.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:41 PM

love the smoltz signing. he's def worth a 5.5 mil risk

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 05:50 PM

QUOTE (Plow @ Jan 8 2009, 01:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not to sure if you can bank on Penny or Smoltz right now as a guaranteed spot. I would still say Wakefield has a solidified spot given that he is consistent and probably a lock for at least 13 wins.

I said about a month ago that I would take a shot on Smoltz if I were the Yankee, but the Red Sox are giving him a little more money than I anticipated given his injury and age right now.


Maybe...but to have John Smoltz and Brad Penny as depth is wonderful. Our rotation isn't as top heavy as the Yankees, although it's close, but it's definitely deeper at this point. At least so far as having veterans back there who CAN pitch. Your fifth spot is still up for grabs while the Red Sox have Penny, Smoltz, and Buchholz there with Masterson (although I hope he stays in the bullpen) and Bowden in the wings. I really do like this depth. Gonna be strange seeing Smoltz in a Boston uniform though. Penny...less so.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 06:46 PM

QUOTE (LorfTVP @ Jan 8 2009, 12:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe...but to have John Smoltz and Brad Penny as depth is wonderful. Our rotation isn't as top heavy as the Yankees, although it's close, but it's definitely deeper at this point. At least so far as having veterans back there who CAN pitch. Your fifth spot is still up for grabs while the Red Sox have Penny, Smoltz, and Buchholz there with Masterson (although I hope he stays in the bullpen) and Bowden in the wings. I really do like this depth. Gonna be strange seeing Smoltz in a Boston uniform though. Penny...less so.

smoltz already has the white trash, hill billy beard, should fit right in.


theyre both good moves, but the red sox will still be the yankees bitch.




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