Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Fat Version of Rob Schatzman Signs With Boston
If only Rob were a fat man, then he would be making millions as a starting pitcher in the American League. As it is, his fat twin signed a 5 year $82 million dollar deal with the Boston Red Sox this week. In my opinion, this gives the Red Sox one of the best, if not the best rotation in all of baseball.
Imagine playing a three game series and having to go up against Josh Beckett, John Lester, and John Lackey all in a row. You can pretty much count on three losses right there. These guys are all legitimate number 1 starters and now they are all on the same team.
I believe the Red Sox made a wise by signing John Lackey over Jason Bay this off-season. As they learned last year, you can never have enough pitching, and Jason Bay seemed to be seeking too much money for a guy who hit .250 last year. Moreover, the Lackey signing might give them some room to trade one of their other pitchers as well.
With a rotation featuring Beckett, Lester, Lackey, Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, and Clay Bucholz, the Sox have some wiggle room to try and find the missing piece to their offense. Mike Cameron, Jeremy Hermida, JD Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury are by no means studs offensively, and with Mikey Lowell gone at third, and David Ortiz clearly not a threat anymore the Sox are going to need to find some help offensively. This addition enables them to add another bat if they have to via trade.
A few weeks ago, it looked like the Red Sox were not going to be able to challenge the Yankees for the AL East next year. Now in one fell swoop they have put themselves in position to contend in the division as well as the playoffs again. The starting 4 in their rotation have all won over 15 games in a season in the last 3 years, and are very capable of doing it again this year. Moreover, the signing of Lackey allows them to pursue a big bat if they need to. The signing of John Lackey was probably the best thing the Red Sox could have done for their team this offseason. However, now they are going to have to pay for a lot of hotels.