Re: Do the Sox need to make a trade?
posted at 5/20/2012 1:17 AM EDT
I dont know Moon....when we are healthy that wont be the case....Gonzo, Pedey...Papi, CC, Ells....all great or way better than average. Sweeny/Ross as a platoon would be way better than an average OF.Salty/Shopp or Salty/Lava production as platoon are going to be better than most catchers in Baseball.Youk is just decent at this point, but the Sox are not upgrading at third base and blocking Middlebrooks down the line. Aviles production has been comparable to almost any shortstop in the AL....and any of the ones that are better are not going to be on the trading block.I dont see any surefire BP guys out there, that I would be willing to give up 3 for 1 for, that would make us better guaranteed.If you can get me a #1 or a strong #2 starter, 3 for 1.....then maybe....but other than that....I dont see a trade out there that is worth it.
Our LF is awful. It won't be great when CC comes back either.
Ross in LF might be OK, but I don't like him in RF even vs LHPs.
Our pen has plenty of average pitchers. While it is true that trades for any relief pitcher is never guaranteed, I have to think we can do better than Albers, Atchison, Padilla and Miller (yes, I know some of these guys have started out doing well).
Our starting pitching has looked much better recently, but like I said all winter, we need a solid #3 slot starter if we want a ring this year. I'm OK with looking to 2013 and beyond, but if we want to win this year, we need a solid and dependable starter.
If we could get one that helps us beyond 2013 as well, that would be awesome.
I could see something like this:
Let Youk play when he comes back and hope he does well, then trade him at the deadline for prospects. We have Middlebrooks and Aviles to play 3B.
Trade Punto and DMac for whatever when Ells and CC return.
I'd love to trade CC for Zito to save some cash and maybe get lucky with a Barry resurgence.
Trade Albers, Atchison for prospects.
Trade prospects for Gavin Floyd or Wandy Rodriguez.
Move Bard to the pen and bring up Iggy, Mortensen and Melancon.
I like this 25 man roster after the deadline:
R1 Bailey (Aceves)
R5 R Hill
R6 (Doubront) Mortensen
R7 (Mortensen) Melancon/Tazawa/Miller
C Salty/ Shopp
1B AGon (Papi/Salty)
2B Pedey (Aviles)
3B Middlebrooks (Aviles)
CF Ellsbury (Sweeney)
RF Sweeney (Byrd)