Re: Boston Red Sox Offseason Outlook per MLBTR
posted at 10/31/2011 10:02 AM EDT
In Response to Boston Red Sox Offseason Outlook per MLBTR
Here is a nice summation of the issues the Sox must resolve going into 2012. My Thoughts 1) They certainly downplay the need for starting pitching. Multiple FA and trade options on the market. 2) They don't advocate for the Red Sox overcommitting to Ortiz. I agree with this and I would handle his negotiations in the same manner by offering arbitration first and going from there. 3) No mention of trading Youk. I also agree. I like Youkilis for one more year as the Sox 3B with some time split at DH (if Ortiz goes) 4) They predict Papelbon does not return and that Bard takes over at closer. Wouldn't surprise me, but I think Papelbon returns.
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I don't advocate over-committing to ortiz. But, the thought of Ortiz going to the Jays frightens me. Bautista-Ortiz in the middle of that line-up sounds like a recipe for AL East agony for the Red sox next summer.
Agree on Youk. he gets one more year at 3rd to prove he can play there and be effective/stay healthy. he has earned that.
I agree with downplaying the need for starting pitching. Given that your CJ Wilsons are going to be way overpaid, and the trade-worthy guys are really not strong enough to merit the likely big chips the sox would have to give up, AND the fact that the answers are right there staring at us in the face, in-house, I say lets not get carried away. Beckett/Lester/Buccholz, beer and chicken or no beer and chicken, is still a real nice place to start. Move Aceves into the rotation. he has earned it. He will be nails. May not be an ace, but dude is going to compete. Then, why not re-up Bedard in the five spot? Go out and get some relatively low-cost depth there, and spend the dough on some serious bullpen arms.
As for Bard and Papelbon. I want Paps back. But the cost may be prohibitive, and, though i don't know what the ceiling is financially on signing him, I do know there is a ceiling. Because Bard, late-season gaffes and all, is a worthwhile closer candidate, still with upside and under team control for peanuts. I wouldn't have a problem with that ... as long as they stock the pen a little better than they did last year. At the end of the day, Bobby Jenks was as bad a signing as any. The writing was on the wall I guess. Need a Madsen or such.