Red Sox Whiffing On Nelson Cruz Becoming Biggest Offseason Regret

June 5, 2014 3:56 PM
Red Sox Whiffing On Nelson Cruz Becoming Biggest Offseason Regret
" BOSTON (CBS) – I wrote on April 23 that the 9-11 Red Sox were getting exactly what they paid for.

I argued that the team did not do enough to bolster the lineup in the winter and entered the year with too many question marks.

I argued the team is taking their disciplined approach too far and is getting gun-shy on free agents.

Since that article things have only gotten worse, and the 27-32 Red Sox appear to be dead in the water.

Perhaps my final point in that late April article best sums up how I feel today:

When the Red Sox were faced with a glaring, obvious need in outfield this offseason they passed on Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz and others. Instead, general manager Ben Cherington channeled his inner Moneyball Brad Pitt and rolled the dice on Grady Sizemore for $750,000.

Nelson Cruz, for one year and $8 million, currently has more runs batted in than the entire Red Sox opening day outfield.

We stand here now on June 5th with one of the worst outfields of all time. Meanwhile, Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz is raking "

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