A reader today asked me what I thought of all the trade rumors involving the Boston Red Sox’ Jon Lester. GFQ. Haven’t really addressed this because the answer is pretty simple. No, the Red Sox should not trade Jon Lester, or Koji Uehara, or John Lackey, or anyone else who will help them win the World Series again next year.
Here’s the thing though – the Red Sox ownership are a bunch of chiselers. The more I read the more it sounds like they’re not gonna re-sign him after the season’s over. This has be the single most moronic thing I’ve seen out of these idiots. Newsflash – Jon Lester is fucking nasty.
All I hear from talking heads on the radio is about how we’re gonna have to overpay him (20-25 million a year for five years), and how he won’t be worth the money towards the end of his contract. Look, I don’t give a shit about the end of his contract. This isn’t God damn Houston. We can afford to completely blow our load and overpay on someone like Lester. We’re the Red Sox. If he sucks five years from now…oh well. We’ll just go out and buy someone else. It’s fucking baseball. There’s no salary cap, so who cares if you waste money?
This is what I don’t get from fans and talking heads. Why the hell do they give two shits if John Henry is getting a bad return on his investment? How is that my problem? I just want the best team possible out there, I don’t care about value. We will never, ever come to the point where we can’t afford to get a big name free agent because we gave a bad deal to someone like Lester. So please, stop wasting my time with that argument.
Here’s another thing – what makes everyone so sure he’s gonna suck in five years? Newsflash – he’s 30 years old and having BY FAR his best season as a MLB pitcher. He’s never had an ERA under three before. This year it’s 2.52. He’s good for 200-220 strikeouts a year, and he NEVER gets hurt. So what makes all these experts so sure he’s suddenly gonna break down? This is nothing but age discrimination. People think that when you turn 30 you start watching Matlock and play Bridge with your friends on the weekends.
And they better not trade Koji Uehara or I will lose my shit. I’ve never liked a player as much as I love Koji. I don’t care what I’m doing – if Koji comes in to pitch, I stop everything I’m doing and watch him. The way his pitches move just at the last second. The way he never walks ANYONE. The enthusiasm he brings to the mound. You are watching greatness.
And all these idiots wanna trade him?? Why??? Oh yea, because he’s “old.” Yes, he’s 39 years old, but that’s like 32 in Japanese years. Their average life expectancy is like 10 years longer than ours after all. My question is, if the rationale for trading him is that he’s old and will break down, how come he hasn’t yet? Are you telling me that the last year and a half of dominance, in which Koji has had statistically THE GREATEST calendar year for any closer in MLB history, was all just an anomaly? Doubtful. Dude can pitch until he’s at least 45.
And since when did closers become dime a dozen guys? Even Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t half of what Koji has been. Anyone remember the disasters we’ve had at the end of games? Brandon Lyon? Derek Lowe? Ugey Urbina? Joel Hanrahan? This is what you get with closers. A bunch of head cases who can’t throw strikes. That’s not gonna happen with Koji because it’s impossible for him not to throw strikes.
Look, this is not 2012. When we traded away our big name players (Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford) we didn’t do it because we thought they were all washed up and done (well, maybe Beckett). We did it because they were all assholes. Lester and Uehara are not assholes. Lackey used to be, but he’s cool now that those three dingleberries are gone.
Everyone saying we should trade guys like Koji, John Lackey, and Lester have apparently given up on next year too. Ummmm, did I miss something? Since when did we become the Boston Celtics? The Red Sox don’t have to rebuild, they reload. Because there’s no salary cap and that’s what you do in MLB. Big money teams don’t trade away their best players for prospects just because they suck one year. Koji, Lackey, and Lester are the core of this team for next year. Go out, overpay for someone that can hit, get rid of dead weight (Jonny Gomes, Clay Buchholz), and next year we’ll be right back where we belong – in the playoffs.
Feel free to share your thoughts to keep the conversation going.