Re: Finally someone with a REAL trade idea, but is it even possible?
posted at 10/20/2012 1:32 PM EDT
In response to hill55's comment:
In response to jasko2248's comment:
[QUOTE]How's that whole "letting the young players develop" thing working out for the Mariners, Hill? The Sox don't need to completely rebuild. They arguably have a better core of talent than some 2012 playoff teams. The Mariners have had a losing record in 7 of the 9 years during their "rebuilding process." There are no guarantees any of these kids will develop. The Sox have plenty of resources to put together a competitive team next year, and my guess is they will.../QUOTE]
Since being anointed The Best Team Ever in March 2011, the Red Sox have been stripped of considerable talent with the departures of Adrian Gonzalez, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Kevin Youkilis, Carl Crawford, J.D. Drew, Marco Scutaro, Jason Varitek, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, Mike Cameron and now potentially David Ortiz. That's 10 former All Stars to replace (plus Matsuzaka and Scutaro).
The Red Sox have the money, but do the Sox have the core talent?
The Mariners finished six games ahead of the Red Sox this season with a far, far younger roster. Boston's 9-27 record after the Big Trade might be more representative of the team's current talent level than the club's 60-66 record before the trade. I will be highly surprised if the Seattle farm system is not ranked above Boston's well-regarded farm system (even though former top prospects Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders have lost their prospect status).
The franchises could well be headed in opposite directions.
Actually, it's not "more representative" of their talent level. Ortiz isn't going anywhere by the way. They set a record for most injuries which you are conveniently forgetting. Beckett was terrible for Boston last year, Crawford and Punto were useless and a healthy Ortiz, Ellsbury, Pedroia, Middlebrooks and whoever they bring in to replace Gonzalez' "production" at first should put them near the top in offensive production once again, and more than make up for what they "lost" to the Dodgers.
10 former allstars?!?! Most of the the guys on your "all star list" are either out of baseball or haven't been prooductive in years. The Sox also now have plenty of resources to plug what holes they have. The difference between Boston and Seattle is that hitters actually want to play in Boston while hitters would consider playing in Japan before they play 82 home games in that Seattle ballpark. Thinking the Sox are all of a sudden going to turn into the Mariners of recent years because of one abberation of season is wishful thinking...