Re: 2013 outfield
posted at 10/11/2012 12:38 PM EDT
In response to southpaw777's comment:
I resign Ross at 2yrs 6-7mm per with an option for a 3rd and 1mm buyout. I look to see what Swisher wants, and If its no more than 3yrs and no more than 10-12mm I sign him. If not I look to sign a 1-2yr vet like a Hunter or Ludwick.
Ross in LF, Ells in CF (If not traded), and Swish in RF with Sweeney my 4th OF for defensive purposes. If no to Swisher then I think they can fill the spot internally. Upton will cost way too much in prospects for his inconsistant production. And for only 3 years. D. Young is a PR nightmare and has never lived up to the hype. Bourn is Ok but not long-term.
If Ells is traded then I need a filler until Bradley is ready. Can Kalish play like he did when he first arrived on the scene after a full offseason to heal? Do we put Lin in CF for his defense but realize there will be no more offense from CF? Ciriaco is looking to be more veristile and play the OF. Nava, Hazelbaker, Brentz, Hassan? Do we rush Bradley up?
You certainly dont want to sign someone long-term for CF if you plan on Bradley taking over by 2014, possibly earlier.
Victorino will want at least 4yrs IMO. They should sign Ross, so that leaves one spot in the OF. If Ells is traded, that will leave 2 unless an OF comes back in the deal.
I dont give up Ells for just anyone. They need to get a top pitcher back or at least a stud player. Some team thats in the playoffs or can content with that one piece missing will bite, especially with compensation coming back after Ells leaves.
They might just value the pick themselves and will count on Ells going all out and having a 2011 like performance in his walk year. That would certainly benefit the Sox, then Bradley could just step in come 2014.
I concur with much of what you have presented, however, I would be more inclined to keep Posednik over Sweeney as 4th outfielder.
And I wholeheartedly agree with, "I dont give up Ells for just anyone. They need to get a top pitcher back or at least a stud player." I to believe that letting Ellsbury play out his contract year with the hope that he can stay healthy and replicate his 2011 stats while waiting for Bradley to develop is worth the gamble.
At the risk of being redundant, I'm definitely onboard with " I resign Ross at 2yrs 6-7mm per with an option for a 3rd and 1mm buyout. I look to see what Swisher wants, and if its no more than 3yrs and no more than 10-12mm I sign him.
When you weigh the $$$$, the risk, clubhouse stability and chemistry, and the other position voids that need filling, the more I like the outlook of an outfield ensemble of Ross, Ellsbury, and Swisher.