Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part II
posted at 5/23/2012 12:21 PM EDT
I have been in agreement with you all along in principle on this issue. Even if Doubront and Bard pitch pretty well, they will be on an innings limit. One or both could be pulled from the rotation even before that limit owing to ineffectiveness. ( Right now, the candidate for that looks to be Bard. ) Buchholz is problematic. Cook and/or Matsuzaka would seem to be likely candidates to take over. If so, results remain to be seen.
Great if Ben can swing a trade to acquire a solid starter without depleting the farm or giving up Salty. But it won't be easy. It may require parting with a promising player, though not, say, someone like Middlebrooks. It will probably come down to where the Sox stand approaching the trade deadline if not before. If Ben thinks that the club can make a serious run at the big prize, he just might give what it will take to get what he wants. At this moment we can't know how the FO is thinking along a timeline. Events on the field will have an effect on those considerations.
Ideally, we could make a 3 for 1 deal at the dealine for a player that not only helps this year but for 2013 and perhaps beyond. That's not easy, especially if we try to do it without losing prospects.
Not including prospects causes roster issues for the team gaining 3 MLB players for just one departing slot. We'd need qa lot of things to happen to match up perfectly with a team (like they have 2 guys going on the DL or they turn around and deal 2 for 1 to someone else.
My idea may not net us a superstud pitcher, but basically this is my vision:
Trade to a playoff-competing team in need of a lot of bullpen help (decent innings eaters):
Any 3: Albers, Atchison, Miller, Padilla, or Cook
For a capable starting pitcher.
Trade Buch or Bard with 2 of the above guys for a better starter.
Trade Buch or Bard with some guys with longer team control like Melancon, Mortensen, or Morales for a better starter also under team control for 2+ years.
The theory is that Albers and Atchison can probably be replaced by Bailey and Mortensen (or others) without a loss, but we gain by having a better starter.
I realize that this is highly problematic, and may turn into a 3 team deal to make it happen, but we need to do something like this or we will be DFA'ing some good players unless we get creative.