Re: Angels looking for young pitching
posted at 9/14/2013 6:43 AM EDT
Something to keep in mind: before Giancarlo Stanton was Giancarlo he was a raw looking kid named Xander Bogaerts---almost the same physical dimensions.
Three guys that at Age 20 were about the same in size and shape.
Stanton Today----6'5--233--R/R---B'Day---11/8/89--Current Age---23---Outfield
*Machado Today--6'2---180--R/R---B'Day---7/6/92----Current Age--21----3B
*Xander Today----6'3---175--R/R---B'Day---10/1/92--Current Age 20------SS
* Today they look like Manny and Xander in 2 years they are Giancarlo.
Without giving up the farm the Sox will have their Giancarlo Stanton as soon as they take the handcuffs off and let him play. Machado was force fed and made the transition from AA to 3 B on the O's at age 20. The Sox don't have that pressing need for Xander and they can afford to let him grow slowly.
When I think about trading our prospects I need to be reminded of the Cards and Braves of this season. They are not all home grown--they are talented, young and they play with a youthful drive.
I have suggested we could have a young youthful group as early as mid 2014- definitely by '15.
Abreu 1B, Pedroia 2 B, Xander SS, Cecchini 3 B, Nava LF, JBJ CF, Brentz RF, Vazquez C. WMB DH.
Rotation: Lester, Buch, Owens, Ranaudo, Barnes, Workman.
Payroll---- $150 M---you would need to have a couple of contributing FA----Like a Beltran or Holliday from the Cards----or the Upton's and Uggla from the Bravos.
In time if you allow Dempster, Vic, Nap, Drew, Gomes, Peavy, Lackey, Ortiz and Ells contracts to expire naturally and replace them, where possible, with home grown guys that are ready, add some guys like a gomes , Vic, Johnny Mac, a Morse or Morales to do what our veterans are doing today, you could have a very good team.