The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 26, 2012

Thoma column: Red Sox, Dodgers swap players, identities


The chatter out of Beantown is that the Sox think they’ve “lost their way” with an emphasis on high-priced veterans as opposed to investing in their farm system, and that this trade gives them the opportunity to reverse


Perhaps. Certainly the two pitchers Boston figures to get when all the pieces in this puzzle are officially moved — Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster — are talented arms. The others in the deal are marginal talents.

But the new labor agreement — with its bonus pools in the draft and limitations on international signings — figures to make it much more difficult for teams to exploit a financial edge in player development.

A year ago the Sox could have more easily plowed their savings into high-end amateur talent. Not so today.

Maybe the $260 million will largely go into the pockets of the Boston ownership group; more likely, the Sox will enter another cycle of free-agent spending.

With the Red Sox, as with their notorious rivals in New York, nothing exceeds like excess.


Edward Thoma (344-6377; maintains his Baseball Outsider blog at Follow him on Twitter @bboutsider.

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