A) They don’t want to hamper their long-term vision by signing/acquiring bad contracts.
B) They value their top-tier prospects too greatly to trade them, even for proven performers like Jose Reyes or Josh Johnson.
C) Fans fear prudence will breed passivity, with the resulting $90 million payroll effectively waving the white flag on 2013.
But what if the Red Sox could accomplish A without compromising B or proceeding directly to C? What if they could demonstrate their commitment to winning now without harming the future one iota?
There’s a way. It’s kind of crazy, but there is a way.
Make overwhelming one-year offers in free agency.