Blow It All UP and Start Over!
posted at 10/25/2011 12:58 AM EDT
Some of you seem to think no matter what we do, we are doomed to fail next year. Well, if that's what you think then we might as well scrap most of the team and shoot for a 2013-2014 ring.
Let all Free Agents go and turn down all options. Sign only arb players we can trade.
Trade Ellsbury, Lowire and Bowden to ATL for Tommy Hanson (4 years of arb control) and Eric O'Flaherty (2 yrs of arb control)
Trade Youk, Weiland, and Ranaudo to Cincy for Johnny Cueto (4 years of team control for ~$33M)
Trade Dice-K, Aviles, DMac, Albers, Atchison for the best prospects possible.
Trade Crawford and Lackey for prospects and pay the $55+M we saved in salary cuts this winter to sweeten the deal.
The 2012 Red Sox "Bridge Team":
DH: Lavarnway (C)
SS: Iglesias/ Bogaerts
R4 Jenks (last year)
R6 (see SP 6/7)
R6 (see SP 6/7/8)
I like the rotation and some core player remain to help in 2013 and 2014, but is this what some of you really wish for?