The CHB can't figure out the Red Sox.
I know, I know...that's funny and all given that he never could.
But in the wake of the Jon Lester and John Lackey trades, he's trying to understand what the Sox are planning for 2015.
How's this: To do better than in 2014.
Oh, and what bothers him is the money: "The one conclusion we can draw from all this is that the Sox are intent on not overpaying older players," he writes. "No more long-term deals."
That's a dumb conclusion.
For what John Henry et al have been saying is that there are huge downsides to doing such deals. That does not, however, mean they won't 1) sign players to long-term deals or 2) sign older players. But it does mean that being cautious is the coin (get it?) of the realm.
And given the outcomes of the past couple decades, is that a bad thing? In other words, how would you like to be New York right now, paying A-Rod (age 39) and CC Sabathia (33) a combined $28 million this year* -- for a total of eight games played.
The Red Sox might be a large market team -- but they aren't that large.
So "Kansas City on the Charles," Shank? I think not. When was the last time KC won three World Series in 10 years?
*Assuming they pay A-Rod the $3 million owed outside of his suspension.