Aug 12, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez (13) looks on from the dugout during the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Red Sox and their fans are not immune from consumer fraud. Recently in Massachusetts several pharmacy chains faced penalties for what they would term “pricing errors” and a consumer would call “price gouging.” From a baseball point of view we have already seen two recent examples in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval of pricing errors. Money can be well spent or not and from the cushy view from the back of the hindsight bus this was money that would have been better used to provide me with a stately home on a tropical island – and, of course, toss in a Gulfstream V.
There are various seasons that are designated by whomever wishes to push a product or make some type of statement – such as “Flu Season” or “Best of the season” prices. We are now entering a very special season in baseball and that is the free agency season roundup.
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In 2014-15 season the Red Sox got zonked as legendary TV host Monty Hall would state. In other “Free Agent Season’s” the Red Sox brain trust or is in metrics trust have had mixed results. In some instances there have been signing home runs and others seasons, signing that is best termed reliable and at least productive enough to give the signing a lukewarm thumbs up.
So just who is on my buyer beware list? Which players would I avoid? Three high profile free agents I would pass on who will all sign enormous contracts and eventually will have varying levels of success. Two represent the absolute necessity in the pitching department being high profile and thus high expense aces.