Johnny Damon to the Red Sox? Why Not?
This Column Originally Published at GetOutofMyBallpark.com
Ever since the end of the season, and all of Theo Epstein's "Bridge Year" crap, the Sox have been in a state of flux.
The departure of Jason Bay (unless... ), the attempted trade of Mike Lowell, and the signings of Marco Scutaro, Mike Cameron, and John Lackey have in many ways opened up more questions than answers.
Among the biggest are who is going to be in center, Cameron or Jacoby Ellsbury? What will Lowell's role be (if he stays with the team after surgery)? Where in the hell are we going to get runs from?
Of course, the huge boner I get just thinking about Adrian Gonzalez in a Red Sox uniform is one answer to many of the questions, and that may still happen, but with the Sox payroll building up towards the magic $170 million mark (including benefits and other crap which players can afford with the millions they are getting paid), where luxury tax kicks in, there aren't many other options for adding to the roster.
As an aside, I have to say that I agree with John Henry in his stance on baseball's current revenue-sharing plan. If the big market teams are going to pay the small market teams to keep things competitive, then those teams that get the money should be required to spend it.
The Yankees (the only team above the tax number last season) had a bigger payroll than the bottom four teams combined.
The owners of those teams should be required to keep a certain minimum salary level for players so that the money from the Sox, Yanks, and others isn't just going to lining the pockets of assholes (the aforementioned owners), and the fans actually have a reason to go out and support them.
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