NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was just a matter of time.
It seems there is at least one player who is unimpressed by the Yankees’ offseason spending spree. Of course that player is on the Red Sox — the world champion Red Sox he might add.
“We still have the belt,” Jonny Gomes told the Boston Herald as part of a recent interview where it seems he spoke more about the Yankees than his own team.
“People can go out sign whoever they want right now,” Gomes added. “It’s kind of flattering a little bit that the (division) rival does have to reload as much as they did.”
Gomes obviously forgot that his team finished in last place in the AL East in 2012 and did what it needed to do to turn things around, including signing Stephen Drew, Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Ryan Dempster, David Ross, Koji Uehara and himself, all of whom made contributions to the Red Sox winning their third World Series championship in the last 10 years.
Boston spent a little more than $100 million during that revamping, but since it wasn’t in excess of $400 million, like what the Yankees just spent on Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka, Gomes felt he had license to call the Yankees’ check writing egregious.
“It’s kind of interesting, though — $500 million and still, some questions,” Gomes said. “You’ve got McCann who hasn’t been in the American League before. The pitcher (Tanaka) who hasn’t pitched a game over here. They’ve got some guys playing different positions.
“But it’s about winning the summer. It’s not about winning the winter. That’s what we’re going to try to do again,” Gomes added.
It wasn’t all bad. Gomes had nice things to say about general manager Brian Cashman, manager Joe Girardi and pitcher CC Sabathia. However, despite pointing out many of the Yankees’ flaws he still felt it necessary to defend the Red Sox heading into the 2014 season.
“We lost some core players, but at the same time, this organization is extremely deep and the majority of the core group guys are back,” Gomes said. “We’re champs, and we have to uphold that title. I don’t think the mindset’s going to change from the last game to today.”
For the record, Gomes hit .146 with a homer and 5 RBI in 15 postseason games last season.
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