Time To Get Rid Of Theo EpsteinWow. That is his entire argument, by the way. The only players cited with respect to Epstein's performance during his entire time with the Red Sox -- since November 2002 -- are Matsuzaka, Drew, Lackey, and Lugo!
By Peter Osgood, Over The Monster, September 2, 2011
It is time for the Red Sox to bite the bullet and admit the mistake of having Epstein in its employ. Epstein has made a host of bonehead moves that have cost the Sox dearly and in the process raised ticket prices. One day people will realize Japanese starting pitchers never do well in MLB. Matzuzaka cost the Sox over $200 million and what have they gotten? A single good year. JD Drew has been the underperformer of the decade and what has he cost? $14 million a year. He has batted .261 in his 5 years with the Sox. Maybe Epstein should have given that $14 million to Jason Bay and said good-bye to Drew. The Red Sox used to beat up on Lackey when he was with the Angels. Didn't Epstein get the memo that you go after guys who beat you and not the other way around? He's another overpaid underperformer. In past years we had a high priced Julio Lugo who did what for us? The time and money invested in these players would have been much better spent in developing prospects in the Red Sox farm system. It's time for a change at the top.
Several comments are quite hilarious. One poster notes: "I wouldn't mind a radical viewpoint backed up with stats, but every single one of this guy's points and facts were fallacious and nonsensical."
Indeed. Dice has not cost the Sox $200 million, though he did help the team win the 2007 World Series. Drew has not been anywhere near the underperformer of the decade. Plus Osgood uses batting average - and only batting average! - to make his case. Give the same $$$ to Jason Bay? The guy who has hit .245 (16 points lower than Drew, as long as average is our yardstick) since leaving Boston? Also, Bay has slugged a paltry .375 post-Red Sox; Marco Scutaro is slugging .376 this year!
I believe that Theo fanned on Lackey, though the deal has not yet run its course, so it remains possible that Lackey could run into a full season of tremendous good luck and redeem himself somewhat. And "I (still) blame Lugo", but there has never been a GM in baseball history who has not made a few gaffes. (Not surprisingly, Osgood offers no suggestion for the next GM.) ... Epstein also signed David Ortiz, Bill Mueller, and Kevin Millar on the cheap, and worked a trade for Curt Schilling. Those signings and trade worked out pretty well.
Epstein should have spent some time developing prospects? I guess Mr. Osgood has not heard of:
Jacoby Ellsburyor Felix Doubront, Ryan Kalish, and several other promising players still in the minors. Or past prospects like Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson, or Hanley Ramirez (who was traded for 2007 WS cogs Beckett and Lowell) or the four prospects who netted Adrian Gonzalez. ... Yeah, imagine what Theo could have done if he had bothered spending any time on developing the farm system!