Re: Bell agreed to sign with Marlins 3 yrs 27 M
posted at 12/3/2011 1:52 AM EST
In Response to Re: Bell agreed to sign with Marlins 3 yrs 27 M
[QUOTE]if im ben cherington there is one guy i would go after and he is not a free agent. i would not mind if the sox signed fracisco rodriguez but i hope they stay away from madson etc. (though madson would be a good set up man) Bard should not be the closer for 2012. he cant even handle the pressure of the set up role. he blew many saves and took many losses last year and needs to stay as a set up man. The guy the sox need to get is andrew bailey. he is by far the best option at this point. oakland is motivated to move him and i dont think the cost would be that high. maybe the sox can pull of a deal for both bailey and gio gonzalez. kill 2 birds with one stone so to speak.
Bailey is young (27) and has been dominant. He is the guy who could be our closer for many years to come. Get bailey.
Posted by redsoxpride34[/QUOTE]
Oakland only wants to move Bailey to get as much as possible for him. That is how Beane operates.
And the Sox don’t have the prospects to pull off getting Bailey or Gonzalez, let alone getting both. The only way they could pull that off would be to send prospects for Bailey, and then send Bailey with additional prospects back to Oakland for Gonzalez. None of these situations are going to happen. They are right up there with the “trade Lowrie, Reddick and Lars Anderson for Matt Garza” posts.
Bailey will cost Middlebrooks or Renaudo, plus others. Which do you want to give up for someone to handle the most overrated position in sports? Gonzalez will cost both plus others, and was destroyed by AL East teams last year (5.53ERA).
The Red Sox would be smarter to look at San Francisco and Atlanta as trade partners. Both are built to win now, unlike Oakland, and therefore willing to take major leaguers in return. Both have serious bullpen depth, and both desperately need a shortstop. If the Sox could deal Lowrie for Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt (SF would do it, but he has a $5mill pricetag for 2012), Santiago Casilla, Eric O’Flaherty, Kris Medlen or Pete Moylan, it would be a step in the right direction. Though Moylan and Medlen have health risks.
No one likes a good bullpen more than me, but people do have to stop re-writing history to say the Cardinals had a good one. Their closer role was changing weekly, with the team getting saves from 8 different pitchers, 5 of whom had more than one. The bullpen was the reason they got into the hole that required their comeback, and it really did not improve until August, when they picked up a few complimentary arms.