Re: On to the hot stove...
posted at 9/29/2011 2:10 PM EDT
In Response to On to the hot stove...
if I were John Henry...
Posted by Beantowne[/QUOTE]Bean,
The Red Sox have should have seven contracts coming off the books:
J.D. Drew ($14 million)
David Ortiz ($12.5 million)
Jonathan Papelbon ($12 million)
Mike Cameron ($7.25 million)
Dan Wheeler ($3 million)
Jason Varitek ($2 million)
Tim Wakefield ($2 million)
That's a total of $52.75 million.
Several players will be receiving raises in 2012 based on their current contracts. Adrian Gonzalez was paid $12.2 million this season (salary and signing bonus) and is going to $21 million. Jon Lester ($1.875 million) and Dustin Pedroia ($2.5 million) also get hikes.
That will eat up roughly $13 million.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles, Matt Albers, Jed Lowrie, Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard and Franklin Morales are among the arbitration eligible players who will receive raises. In some cases (Ellsbury and Bard), those will be significant raises.
If I were John Henry:
#1 Look to sign Jacoby long term
#2 Don't sign Tek, or trade Salty, keep Tek and promote Lavarnway. Another option is to look into what Y. Molina will be seeking as a FA.
#3 Bite the bullet and pay Lackey his 45 plus mil to leave town. Or raise your payroll and find a solid #4 starter at all cost like CJ Wilson as a FA, or a guy like Felix Hernandez through trade by dangiling players like Youk, Bard, Lowrie, Middlebrooks, Salty, Renaudo, Weiland, Reddick, Kalish etc. Barnes is going to be better than all our minor league pitchers.
#4 Look into signing Mike Cuddyer for help in RF, Kemp would cost us too much
#5 Look for pen help that could possibly allow Aceves to be our fifth starter
#6 Appoint Pede Captain
#7 Don't sign Wake if a more effective sixth or seventh starter can be found cheaper.
#8 Fire Curt Young and find a more effective pitching coach
#9 Exercise Scutaro's option he deserves it, but only if you feel Aviles or Lowrie can't handle it.
#10 Look into and fire necessary medical staff that continue to mis diagnose our injuries.
#11 Hold Tito responsible for the conditioning of all our players to ensure they are not slacking off.
#12 Look for a cheaper alternative to Pap before re-signing him long term. His MO the past two years has been to not pitch as well down the stretch and into the PS.
#13 Sign David for at the most "two years" if he leaves give the job to Youk or Lavarnway but make sure we use his salary to solidify our pitching.
#14 Entertain trade proposals for younger starters "like Felix" for Josh Beckett because if Tek leaves, Josh probably won't be as effective. Its a mental thing with Josh