Underated aspect of why the Sox aren't very good this year-
The Sox have spent roughly 19 million on the bench this year and have a total value of-
-1.2 bWAR value between 7 different players. 3 of these players are on minimum level deals in Marco Hernandez, Travis, and Lin.
Please stop spending a lot money on bench players. You just set your money on fire there.
Agree with the diagnosis, disagree with the prescription.
Nunez and Pearce combined for about -2 WAR. They'd have a much more realistic shot at the wild card if they had merely gotten replacement level play out of those guys.
But it doesn't follow at all that they shouldn't spend money on bench players. Instead it shows the importance of a strong bench. It follows that they should make wise investments in the bench, and ideally that would involve having a bunch of low-cost guys coming up through the prospect pipeline, but I'm not really convinced Lin or Travis or even Hernandez are really gonna cut it.
It would be great if Dombrowski could turn into Cashman for an off-season and fish some ridiculous bargains out of the sea, but unfortunately that's never really been his strength as a GM.