Re: Cherington lying in the weeds waiting to spring a trade for Matt Kemp?
posted at 12/8/2013 9:47 PM EST
In response to RedSoxDOrtiz's comment:
In response to tripleb2066's comment:
It looks to me like the Sox roster is pretty well set. They are in a great position to deal from a position of strength, not desperation. I think something is brewing for Matt Kemp. His bat would look real good behind Papi in the lineup. If they can get the Dodgers to pick up some of the contract and avoid trading their elite prospects, this seems like a deal they have to consider. What would it take to get him? Would they take one of Dempster, Peavy, Doubrant plus a couple prospects (maybe Ranaudo and Lavarnway)? This is one to watch for once the meetings start.
I can't tell you what it would take to get him, but I can tell you who I wouldn't mind parting ways with on the roster:
Britton, Lavarnway, RDLR, Mookie Betts, Middlebrooks, Webster, Dan Butler, Brock Holt, Dempster, Marrero, Gomes, Wright, Ranaudo, Morales, Wilson, Hassan, Villarreal and Castellanos
I purposely ommitted Nava and Carp because they give us some cost controlled bench bats that we will be needing to field a competitive team who can play multiple positions. They can also be starters in case of injury to Kemp, Ortiz or Napoli. We will also need them to act as starters while Kemp heals up from his two offseason surgeries.
Very interesting concept and I was amazed how many players I agreed with you on. I guess its a combination of need and over ratedness.
My disagreements were Betts, Merrero and Hassan. I understand why you probably had Betts on their[blocked]. My only problem is he might be my favorite prospect. I wish we could create a new position for him to squeze him onto the team somehow. Anyway, I think I wouldn't trade him until he becomes a top 50 prospect. I think Merrero and Hassan are under rated aswell. I think Hassan will eventually find his way into an effective major leaguer like Nava has. I see more potential with Hassan.
The guys I feel I would add to your list are Brian Johnson, Bryce Brentz and maybe Peavy because I was disapointed in his playoff performance.
As for the red hot trade candidates.....Lavarnway-Morales-Dempster-Wright-Wilson-RDLR.