We've been running a "Best Off-Season Acquisition
" poll for a while now and the results are a bit surprising (for me anyway).
By a commanding 48% of the votes, Zeitgeist
readers think pitcher Wade Miller was Theo's best free agent signing, follwed by Edgar Renteria (29%), and Matts Clement and Mantei at 10% each.
Who's left out of this picture? "Boomer" David Wells - a bonafide MLB starter, though long-in-the-tooth at 42, possibly with a bad back, and bursting at the seams in some places; Wells earned only 3% of the votes.
I think locals are selling Boomer short. He started 31 games last season, went 12-8 with a 3.73 ERA, pitched 195 innings, and had a 5:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (101:20). Boomer also had five scoreless starts and did not issue a walk in 18 of the 31 starts.
I think, if healthy, Boomer may make a bigger impact on the '05 Red Sox than any other off-season move.
Besides, wouldn't it be fun to start Boomer in the ALCS at Yankee Stadium against the Yanks? He'd probably drill Jeter in the ear.