Re: 10 key changes before next season
posted at 8/16/2012 6:02 PM EDT
In Response to 10 key changes before next season
[QUOTE]As our options stand today, this is what I would like to see next season although not necessarily in this order. #1 At the very least guys like Dice, Josh, Jenks, Lackey, Punto, Aviles, Valencia and Padilla gone one way or another. I say dump as much salary and "head cases" as possible. Do we give CC one more season/surgery before finding him a new home? Maybe, unless we can package him with prospects for a reliable OF like Braun. #2 Let Papi walk to save the money. At this point is he really hurt or just unhappy like a few others? Time to move on from all the drama #3 Bobby V. replaced, it has to happen to make these guys play harder. #4 Whoever plays better between Iggy or Ciriaco at SS starts, the loser ends up our utility guy but stays in the bigs. #5 Bradley brought up before the end of Jacoby's contract. We won't get much for Ells in a trade because Boras would be in the picture shortly after. #6 Lav and Salty at catcher to start the season with Lav also splitting time at DH with Gomez to save Papi's money for pitching. They both have good splits and should give us some quality starts. #7 Keep Ross in RF, he has earned his stay in Boston for another year at least . #8 Package some offensive prospects , along with Bard to the Mariners for Walker , Hultzen or another top pitching prospect from another team to pair with Barnes in a year or two. #9 Sign, or trade for at least " one " top flight starter but give Lester more time to rebound along side Clay and Doub. Maybe keep guys like Cook, Morales, Aceves and Miller around as well. #10 Most important, start the season with " hungry youths" and new attitude towards winning. This should begin with Pede and AGon. Kids like Barnes, Bogaerts and Bradley should be the three prospects we protect most if possible.
Posted by craze4sox[/QUOTE]
#1 Jenks is already gone, Dice and padilla contracts are up too...Valencia can provide some depth in AAA. CC will need to get TJS, but i think he can rebound to at least his career norms.
#2 I agree, although I love papi and the only way he comes back, IMO, is at a much cheaper cost.
#3 I believe this will happen too...
#4 Dont sleep on Bogaerts at SS...Hes already doing well at AA...
#5 If we cant get a near MLB ready solid prospect +1, I keep Ells and bring Bradley up in 2014...No need to waste JBJ's talent riding the pine in Boston. If Ells goes before 2013, then I give the kid a shot in ST.
#6 Like the idea of a Salty/Lav combo better than Shoppach.
#7 Ross will have to be signed for at least 2, maybe 3 year deal IMO. i would offer 2yr deal.
#8 I agree that we will need to part ways with a couple good prospects that are blocked to get a top starter back.
#9 I think the FO should make a statement and trade beckett. Leaving Buchholz, Lester, Doubront, and we have to pitch Lackey to possibly trade him at deadline. With the option year at the minimum, we could eat a little less $$ and providing his pitching ok, a trade shouldnt be a problem.
#10 The only one I would trade out of those 3 prospects is Barnes and only if it involves King Felix.
We should be seeing the next wave of prospects filtering up to Boston over the next 2 years...