Anyone that hasn’t been living under a rock knows that the Red Sox front office finally realized what I’ve been saying for awhile; it was time to sell. After scouring social media and listening to sports radio, the majority of people are pissed about some of the moves. To those people, I say CALM DOWN, STEP AWAY FROM THE TOBIN!! It’s going to be ok, I swear.
I’m not going to go over every move, if you want a recap, feel free to read the other wonderful writers on this site. The incessant whining and bitching that Jon Lester is now an Oakland Athletic is pissing me off. I get it, we ALL love this guy. What’s not to love, he’s been with us since he came into the league, he’s a workhorse, he’s lights out in the playoffs and hell, he beat CANCER!
Not only was this a great move by the Red Sox, but the return was more than anyone, myself included, would have pegged. Cespedes is a power hitting OF with one year left on his contract. Whether that means that we extend him or flip him for something else down the road remains to be seen, but he brings much needed offense to the lineup.
The 4/70 that Lester was offered was a slap in the face, but he did what any pitcher should do in that situation. He let his arm do the talking and with every quality start, his price went up. He’s stated numerous times that he wants to stick with Boston. I truly feel that if the front office offers Jon a reasonable deal, say 5/125, he will return to the team. For all the misses that the team has made, I don’t feel like trading Lester was one of them. This is part of a bigger plan that they have to improve this ballclub and bring them back to the perennial contenders that they’ve been. Before you all decide to burn your jerseys in effigy, let’s wait until the offseason fully plays out and see where it goes.
Being a fan is emotional—we invest time, money and passion into these teams. We fall in love with players, I totally understand that. I’m right there with you. However, at the end of the day, the team needs to do what they feel is in the best interest of their club. Once you realize that, maybe all of you lining up to take a 135 foot nose dive into the Mystic will decide to save the jump for the Celtics’ season