Rolling the Dice
Now that John Smoltz is ready to command the mound for the Red Sox, the Boston brain trust has decided to put Daisuke Matsuzaka on ice, and Red Sox Nation breathes a sigh of relief. We all wanted to like this guy when he joined the Sox in 2007 — but it has been so hard. If he were your number four or five pitcher, and you were paying him $4 or $5 million a year, he’d be worth it. But for the nearly $20 million a year the Sox have invested in Dice-K… well, let’s face it, that money could have been better spent. Any number of nearly as effective pitchers could have been had for a third of the price and more effective pitchers could have been had for half the cost. But Theo Epstein rolled the dice, and got burned again (i.e. think Matt Clement, Edgar Renteria, Julio Lugo, etc…)
But what happens if Dice-K is never better than he has been this year? With three years left on his contract at $28 million, plus the up-front posting fee of $50 million, this signing might go down as one of the worst ever.
Why this bothers me is that the Sox seem to be miserly with some players (see Derek Lowe), but free spending yahoos with others. This off season they dickered over dollars with Jason Bay, and now it would not surprise me to find Bay in Yankee pinstripes next season. That would be criminal after the season he is in the midst of.