Re: Is this lineup appealing to you?
posted at 11/29/2012 1:03 PM EST
In response to parhunter55's comment:
You cannot have Mauer in your lineup and still have Lester, Buchholz, and Doubront in the rotation and Salty behind the plate, IMO. Minny wants starters. Any trade involving Mauer will have to include good ML starting pitching. Plus, Minny would nead a catcher to share duties in their lineup. Salty would be the one, over Lavarnway, IMO, as Salty has proven he CAN catch and be a productive bat in the lineup, just not over a full season.
So, it is probably realistic to expect that Mauer would cost us Lester and Salty. If the Sox threw in Aceves or Morales, a top hitting prospect like Brentz or Cechhini, and a spare bullpen arm, such as Melancon, perhaps the Sox could land Mauer AND Morneau (who is gone in 2014 likely anyway).
If the Sox then signed Sanchez and Haren or Marcum, they would have 1B and C sewn up. I would personally like to see Lavarnway start out in Pawtucket and brought up when he gets hot with the bat and given time at 1B, as well as C and DH. The Sox would still need an OFer and I'd prefer an upgrade at SS over Iglesias, but if they had Ells, Pedroia, Mauer, Hamilton, Ortiz, Middlebrooks, Morneau, Kalish/Gomes then I think the offense could live with Iglesias at SS.
The starters would be: Sanchez, Haren (or Marcum), Buchholz (or Lester), Doubront, Lackey, De La Rosa.
Bullpen: Bailey, Tazawa, Miller, Morales (or Aceves) Breslow and Atchison or Hill.
Good enough pitching to get them a playoff berth, IMO.
The main idea for Mauer trade is to aborb big chunk of his contract. I believe Mauer is still owed almost $140M and small market team "Minny" will be happy if they can unload about $100M. With saved money, they now can go out look for an front line starter. I bet Minny would be more interested in Lava than Salty because of the age and status and potential. I believe Doubront may have to be included but I'm willing to give up for 6 yrs of Mauer. And we still have money to fill Doub's spot.
I know the Twins are firm on staying put with their star but keeping their most priced player without improving their team with small budget won't solve the problem any time soon. If huge money is involved in the trade and the Twins are getting young valuables for return, they might have change of heart IMO.
Propose would be something like- Lavarnway, Doubront, Cecchini, and Rubby for Mauer plus cash