Re: Lackey and/or Dempster WILL be traded this offseason
posted at 9/2/2013 10:13 PM EDT
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
In response to Bisson1's comment:
So much MLB ready talent (or close to it) in the Sox farm system. Makes you wonder if a big trade could be coming this winter.
I'm not sure there is anyone out there that we need, and that is available. We have 11 guys with 200+ PAs with OPS+ > 100. The only weak offensive position we have this year is 3B, and that is the last spot we'd look to trade for.
Even if we really wanted to overpay for a guy like Stanton, as well as Vic has fielded, it wouldn't be a jaw-dropping trade for me. We probably need a 1B, but I'd feel pretty comfortable getting a RH bat to platoon with Carp.
The only position that might be nice to target would be a true ace, but they're really hard to come by. And to be honest, building a team of stars doesn't seem to work out that often.
We have amazing balance this year. Before today's game, we had 10 guys with 200+ PAs and an OPS above .748 (11 counting Iggy). We had 9 guys above .775.
However, we have a few guys who may bolt via free agency:
If Boggy sticks at SS and is not moved to 3B, we have Middy at 3B with a .680 OPS. I see lots of areas that can be improved, but I do see the value of balance.
Here's a look at other team totals:
Only players with 200 PAs count
Boston: 10 above .775/9 above .748
Detroit: 5 above .775/8 above .748
Texas: 2 above .775/5 above .748
Tampa: 4 above .775/7 above .748
Oakland: 3 above .775/5 above .748
Atlanta: 4 above .775/6 above .748
LAD: 3 above .775/5 above .748
STL: 6 above .775/6 above .748 (5 above .834)