On the one hand:It seems like more than a few comments recently have been around this issue. I say "No" to the question.
- Even with all the injuries, the Sox are only 3 games out of the WC;
- Players are already coming back, and by mid-August, many of the guys on the DL or on rehab will be back on the field;
- If Theo tried to make moves now, opposing GMs would extract a heavy price;
- With so many teams still not eliminated, there aren't many sellers and very few guys the Sox could have actually obtained;
- Had Theo been successful in acquiring quality players, the Sox would have had a glut of starter level players when the injured guys returned and faced some of the difficult personnel challenges that may have contributed to their slow start in April; and
- The downturn the Sox are seemingly in the middle of happened pretty quick ...
On the other hand:
- It was entirely predictable that a line-up filled with the likes of Kevin Cash, Darnell McDonald, Eric Patterson and Daniel Nava would eventually hit the wall;
- The time to make a move or two was when things were still going well, as had Theo looked ahead, it would have been easy to predict that the better teams like Tampa and Texas would handle a team as depleted as the Red Sox with relative ease; ...
- Waiting to the deadline to decide whether to deal does ... make it more likely that the prices for useful pieces will go down, but the Sox may be too far back for any moves to make sense after the West Coast trip is over.
Has the patient, "no panic moves" approach made sense? Or would earlier moves not been out of panic but rather reasonable foresight about what was likely going to happen if no moves were made?
The Red Sox are 3 GB in the WC with 70 games to go -- and have many good players on the mend and slowly returning. The amount of injuries this summer has been well out of the ordinary and it makes no sense to disrupt any long-term plans because of it. If the injuries have derailed our chances at the playoffs this year, so be it.
OCD SS makes a good point:
The issue isn't whether or not Theo has been too patient, but can the fan base be patient enough?Your thoughts?