Theo’s Free Agent Scorecard

August 7, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized 

With the ignominious “designation for assignment” of John Smoltz today, let’s take a look at Theo “Boy Genius” Epstein’s record with free agency.

  1. Julio Lugo — aka the SS that drew interest solely from the Red Sox. Signed to a 4 year, $36 million contract in the winter of ’06. Now a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2+ seasons as the Red Sox SS, he posted a batting average of 0.251, an OBP of 0.318, and an OPS of 0.663.
  2. Edgar Renteiria — one forgettable season in Boston setting career season high in errors. Shipped to Atlanta with cash for what eventually netted Coco Crisp (another bust).
  3. J.D. Drew — quite possibly the most overpaid OF in MLB. Tough to blame Theo for the bloated contract. There had to be some quid pro quo with Scott Boras and the Dice-K sighing. No one talks about it but how else can it be explained?
  4. This year’s bargain basement trio of Penny, Smoltz, and Kotsay — two are gone, and we’re hoping Penny will be soon to follow.
  5. Matsuzaka — two solid seasons including one World Series title. After a dismal start in ’09, he is running wind sprints in the outfield in Fort Myers while the big club makes due with a 2 man pitching rotation. Still the diamond in Theo’s free agent signings.

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