Agreed. The only thing that could slow him down is a completely freak injury, since he’s shown himself to be incredibly durable to the usual season wear-and-tear
That’s a $100 million question. But I’m going to go out on a limb and say that if you toss out the posting fee, the Sox will have one of the cheapest aces in baseball.
In the long run I think he’ll absolutely be worth it, but I think he’s gonna have an adjustment year this season, which will start everyone crowing about what a bad decision it was. I mean, given the hype, anything less than 16 wins and 180 Ks will be trumpeted as a “disappointment.”
Hopefully they’ll do that on the field, Isiah and Magic-style.
I bet it’d bring new fans to the game. Think baseball slash fic.
Of course. He wants to save some team with his awesomeness. Which… well, he is awesome and all. But yeesh, what a tool.
Agreed again. His “will I or won’t I” dance is freaking tiresome.
I’m not 100% convinced. He had a great year. We’ll see whether he hits the year 2 doldrums. I thought he was overhyped just because he was a Red Sox player, but maybe I’m wrong.
I think he’s the real deal. Barring significant injury, I think we’re looking at a future superstar.
No pitching=no division. Well, not enough pitching. Though losing Marquis to free agency is addition by subtraction.
They’ve had to throw a lot of patches onto their pitching staff, it’s true. But the core of their lineup remains rock-solid. They are, in any event, a team to watch.