Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:
posted at 11/26/2013 11:27 AM EST
In response to southpaw777's comment:
I think Xander and Middlebrooks will have the laft side covered in 2014 and Pedey at 2b. If Naps is asking for more than 2years with a 3rd vesting opion and more than 13M per, I pass and look at Corey Hart or the like on short years. I would also hand Lavarnway a 1b mit long before I do Middlebrooks. He has a better chance of being a high power, BA and OBP guy, whereas Middle looks to have a high SLG but not so much the other 2.
Ells at 6/108 ar look elsewhere. Give JBJ a shot with a Davis type BU guy who can cover all OF positions and brings a speed game to the table.
FA contracts are high, as usual. But there are only a couple guys I would overpay a little in years and $$. Ellsbury being one of those guys. Not Naps though.
Id also look to trade Peavy. Thanks, but seeya. Id rather Have Dempster at the BOTR. You can count on him for 180IP and 30+ games started. Conxixtent trackk record. Plus, I think you can get a better return for peavy. Dont be surprised if a team wants Lackey and is willing to part with something decent for him.
Its been a busy Offseason so far. Busier than usual. The winter meeting will have a few surprises for sure.
I do believe one of Peavy, Dempster or Lackey will all not be on the team in April, barring injuries. But, barring an overwhelming offer, I do think all three will be on the team at the beginning of March. I would not be surprised if the preferecne was tohold on to all 6, just in case of ST injuries. But if they all do stay healthy, something has to give unless one of them wants to be a heavily-paid middle reliever...