At the end of the day, there was no deal that Theo Epstein felt comfortable making, so he didn’t make a knee-jerk reaction to the Yankees getting Bobby Abreu.
To me, this is proof that Epstein was not kidding when he said there might be a time when the organization might have to take a small step back in order to take a step forward for the long haul.
Obviously teams wanted Lester and the Red Sox weren’t going to part with him. Is this team good enough to win the World Series? Maybe, maybe not. Would they be guaranteed to win the World Series if they made a big deal? Of course not, and in that case, they might have suffered in future years as well.
This isn’t to say that i’m not surprised Theo didn’t make a deal. I am surprised that with all the movement and deals that were made, the Red Sox didn’t make one, but that might, in the end, be the best thing. We’ll find out.
As for tonight, i wouldn’t be too worked up about Wells. He hasn’t pitched in two months. He’s rusty. This is the price you pay sometimes for bypassing a rehab start.