Thursday, December 29, 2011


I have to admit... I was jealous of the Boston Red Sox for having Josh Reddick. He was one of their young guys that really did a great job down the stretch last season when the rest of the team fell apart. He's young and a bad ass I never saw the Red Sox giving him up. To me Reddick was the future of the Red Sox and he is was very much like Jesus Montero is to the Yankees. The fact that the Boston Red Sox gave him up to the Athletics for Andrew Bailey just confirmed to me that Brian Cashman may look like he's dragging his feet and not making moves, but this is exactly the reason why he isn't pulling the trigger on Montero or Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances... he knows they'll contribute down the road and he trusts the kids' talent. It is my opinion that if the Yankees were ever looking at Andrew Bailey and Oakland wanted someone like Jesus Montero in return, they'd hang the phone up on Billy Beane.
Josh Reddick may not be a projected Jesus Montero, but he is in fact a damn good ballplayer and for Boston to give him up is silly. Look, I know Boston is desperate for a closer, but let's face it, how much has the media propped up Daniel Bard as the future closer of the Red Sox? Here's 1 article HERE, but there are plenty. Suddenly they can't rely on that and in turn they move him to "starter" mode and pull the trigger on Andrew Bailey. Wow.... and their Golden goose in Josh Reddick is gone in a flash?

Right now, Cashman, who, while he didn't do anything this off season, looks like a genius for not giving up the kids in desperation trades. How many times was Montero and Banuelos attached to trade rumors? Plenty. While we all may not agree with it not trading them, we really have to respect what Cashman's doing. Sure, Andrew Bailey may become a dominant closer in the American League East, and it may turn out to be a great move for Boston, but immediately, I am scratching my head. Let's not forget, Bailey may also shit the bed moving from the West to the East, there's a different pressure... we just really don't know. It's times like this that I look at Cashman and want to hug it out, and thank him because I now see his vision.

Hopefully in the end, this is a better move for the Athletics than it is for Boston and we'll see Reddick stick it to the Red Sox by kicking ass in Oakland.Bottom line... It's December 29th and Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances are still in pinstripes. That means only one thing... Cashman believes in his guys... and we should believe in Brian Cashman. Because one thing he's not doing is giving up all our kids for a knee-jerk trade, and I think I like it.

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