Re: Easy Hot Stove fixes for Sox...
posted at 12/2/2011 12:32 AM EST
Look the Sox have the money and cash with these moves so here it goes...
1. Sign Michael Cuddyer for RF. Solid dependable workhorse who would be a great fit for fenway and a great club house guy.
No way for that kind of money.
2. Move Youk to DH and occasional relief for 1st and 3rd base extending his career as there would be less wear and tear on him.
I don't mind him at DH, but "extending his career" is just 2 years here until he's a FA.
3. Take the deal for Garza, you have a rotation of Beckett, Lester, Bucholz, Garza, Aceves. SIgn Wakefield to a one year deal that gives him a shot at the 7 or so wins he needs to remove Clemens from the top of the wins list. It also gives you a guy who can long relief in garbage time and spot start.
I think Wandy R. is a better team trade fit with us. They need "far-away" prospects and we have them.
4. Go sign Aramis Rameriez to a 3 year deal and realise that he is your third baseman for no more then 2 years and that third year he becomes your DH when Youk's deal is done or he is traded whatever.
Way too much money.
5. Now here is the one that should happen... Heath Bell.
Your closest best choice.
I am not sold on Bard as the closer. I would even be willing to stretch him into a starter before meaking him a closer and make him the 5th starter and keep Aceves in the role he excelled at this past year.
We just lost Paps and you want to take Bard and Aceves out too?
Now what do you think?
Your roster looks like it might be approaching $195-$200M and Yankee territory!
At $195M (or $35M to spend), I'd thing something like this would be better:
1) Trade Iggy, Swihart, Weiland, and Anderson.
For Wandy Rodriguez ($13M x 2)
2) Sign: Edwin Jackson ($20M/2)
3) Sign: Cody Ross ($9M/2)
4) Sign Maholm ($9M/2)
5) Sign: Joel Peralta ($4M/1)
6) Sign: Jason Varitek ($1.5M)
7) Sign: Wake $1.5M/1
8) Sign: Brandon Webb (minor league deal)
SPs Beck, Lest, Buch, Wandy,Jackson, Maholm (Wake, Webb)
RPs: Bard, Aceves, Peralta, Jenks, Morales, Doubront)
C: Salty/VTek (Lava from DH)
DH: Lava (Youk from 3B/Lowrie from IF'er)
SS: Scutaro (Aviles)