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Are we the Yankees?

A friend of mine yesterday expressed a worry that I think many of us have been contemplating: are the Sox, or even Boston sports as a whole, becoming Yankees-level evil?

We've won 2 recent world series, every major available player seems destined to enter a 2-team bidding war, we have a combination of youth and high-priced bought talent that could keep us at or near the top of the division for years, going to a Sox game is no longer affordable for most families of four (somehow seems relevant to this)...

Still, the answer is no.

Aside from the obvious general moral superiority of Sox fandom to Yankees purgatory, the Sox are not just buying their way to the top. They have amassed a great deal of talent by good scouting (college, high school, preschool (don't ask) and international) and through patience. Some recent years, the Sox have had a good team but not good enough to win. In those years, the front office didn't sell the talent for Larry Anderson.

Also, we do not have a…

Bring out the old folks

As the Santana deal seems to fade, at least from view if not from the realm of possibility, the young guns in the Sox system (Ellsbury, Lester, Buchhhholz, Lowrie, Masterson, Bowden...) seem to be here for a little while longer at least. Miguel Cabrera is now off the table (a later post, I promise!) and I haven't heard any indication that the Sox are after Haren, Bedard or any other elite, young, available pitcher. So, what will happen this offseason?

We're going to sell the old folks.

Ok, not really old. But, it appears that the two "big" trading pieces that will move this offseason are not the young kids, but two veterans: Tavarez and Coco.

Coco is a very valuable commodity. He's a gold glove-level centerfielder. His hitting numbers could be worse. There's history to give credence to the idea that he may hit well someday again. And he's a hard worker and seemingly great guy. I think the Rangers and Twins are interested. I'm sure some others ar…

A lil trade analysis fo dat ass

If the Sox can pull off a deal for Johan Santana, they will have the best rotation in baseball and will be the favorites to repeat. However, there are a lot of questions out there about this deal. Let's run through a few.
How can the Sawx let Jacoby leave? Because he's not Johnny Damon in his prime. He's a kid. Yes, he could be Damon this year or next and be a force at the top of the lineup. He also could be Ricky Ledee. In 1999, Ledee was going to be a star for the Yankees in the outfield. He was coming off helping them win a World Series and taking over as a starter during the 1998 playoffs. Ellsbury could be brilliant; I feel that he will. But he also could be a complete bust, injury-prone, or even some sort of head-case. I love Jacoby, but the point is that we don't know what he'll do. We have a much better idea of what Johan Santana will give us.Santana is losing it. Maybe a bit, but that bit still makes him the best shot to be the best lefty in base…