In response to moonslav59's comment:
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In response to MadMc44's comment:
Now the Sox have some choices that need to be made:
Nap has to be put on the 40 Man Roster---there are no open slots. Someone needs to be released, Traded or DFA'd---you select Hassan to be DFA'd OR
Trade Ells, Doubie or Miller and a prospect for David Murphy and Derek Holland.
I do think the Sox could and should explore a deal with Ellsbury, given the return teams are getting for 1 year outfielders. Choo got Bauer. Morse got Cole plus, etc.
Ellsbury will certainly not be going to St. Louis, however, barring a mjor injury on their roster. As it stands, the Cardinals have a full complement of outfielders with Holliday in LF, Jon Jay in Cf and Carlos Beltran in RF, and top prospect Oscar Tavares waiting in the wings.
There certainly are teams that would be interested in Ellsbury, but possibly not to the extent where the Sox should consider the move.
If you read anywhere the Sox should move Doubront to accommodate Marcum, it was probably my thread âÂÂÂÂNapoli, Doubront and Ennui,âÂÂÂÂ which ran through several scenatios, most of which would have been foolish and all of which assumed Napoli would not sign. The thread is somewhat outdated now, and the likelihood the Sox move Doubront is actually fairly slim. But, hey, the thread was all really about generating any actual baseball-themed message board discussion than any predictions of the future.
The Sox do have a bullpen logjam which might be alleviated through a trade. Even with Bard and Tazawa having an option left, the team still has Hanrahan, Uehara, Bailey, Aceves, Miller, Breslow, Mortenson and Morales vying for (possibly?) 7 bullpen spots. None have any options left. So either the Sox carry 8 relief pitchers and have a 3 man bench (Ross, Ciriaco, Gomes), or there is another deal coming. While I would like a LHH left fielder to upgrade over Nava, I do not anticipate anything. More likely, Kalish takes over sometime in June or so. I do have faith in Kalish.
So most likely, the Sox will deal a reliever for minor league talent or a backup 1B who plays other positions. Mortenson is probably the least effective reliever, and if any go, he would be my choice. If the Sox only ask for a bench bat to play 1B and another position, it might happen if they do not aim too high. I mean, why give up more for a bench guy? If the Sox want a minor leaguer with some potential, more likely Miller or Breslow is moved to a team needed LHRP (Washington?). But I will assume it is Mortenson, and the deal will be for a player who meets the following criteria.
1. Plays 1B and another position
2. Hits left-handed, as Gomes, Ross and Ciriaco all do not
3. Can be acquired for Mortenson, who is not exactly Sandy Koufax. Also this means no recently signed free agents.
Mike Carp certainly fits the first two points, but might not be available so cheaply.If he is, he is immediately top choice. Some more realistic names who might be available include Tyler Colvin, if Colorado wants Mortenson back and the Sox do not mind a hitter who cannot hit outside of Coors. I would consider Greg Dobbs, Laynce âÂÂÂÂBruises, Cuts andâÂÂÂÂ Nix and Matt LaPorta to all meet the criteria. If the Sox would accept a right-hande hitter, players such as Brett Pill, Jesus Guzman, Kyle Blanks, Nick Evans and Brandon Laird, among others, all become reasonable options.
Not a lot of sexy names, I am afraidâÂÂ¦
Even if we trade Mortensen for a LH'd hitter (OF/1B), we'll still need someone on the DL to get to 25 players. Although this is very likely, I'd rather see us trade 3 guys that don't fit into our future plans for one more quality guy under team control for 2+ years.
Easier said than done as many teams are struggling to keep good players on their 25 and 40 man rosters.
I do disagree that someone would need to be on the DL for the Sox, unless you are assuming that Tazawa is automatically on the team. As he has an option left, there certainly is the possibility he starts the season in AAA. Whether or not people on this board feel he does not deserve to is immaterial. The opening day bullpen if everyone is healthy does currently have 8 other names who have options left with Hanrahan, Bailey, Breslow, Morales, Miller, Uehara, Aceves and Mortenson. (Technically, Aceves has an option left, but the guy can barely tolerate being demoted from closer to setup, so a demotion to AAA would certainly be outside of his range.) Of those 8 names, Mortenson is far and away the most expendable, and if he is dealt and the other 7 comprise the bullpen, I have no issue with that. And Tazawa can then step in the second someone is injured, which will most definitely happen.
I would not be surprised if Tazawa was held down at AAA until a spot opened up for him.
And if you look at it realistically, these guys will each pitch maybe 10 to 12 innings per month. So if Tazawa comes up in, say, June, the Sox will have only missed out on him for 20 to 24 IP. That is really not a whole lot when you consider the depth the team should have in there.