Re: Rockies interested in Napoli
posted at 11/14/2013 11:47 PM EST
In response to seabeachfred's comment:
In response to Bigpapa1977's comment:
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
If the Sox do not re-sign any of their own free agents, then they need to do something to compensate so the team does not take a step backward. Just saying that they don't want to spend the money or give out long contracts is not good enough. Will the fans be satisfied with the club trying to save money , while acquiring draft choices who may or may not develop into quality major league players in five years time ? I don't think so. Some people may be fascinated with the small market system, but the Red Sox are not a small market . We are the World Series champions. That should be the goal every year.
Ben C has some serious rope with me and, I would assume, most fans in general.
Drew is a nice player, Salty is a nice player, Nap is a nice player and Ells is an all-star. The only one out of the group who would be seriously missed is Ells.
Would this lineup be that bad:
1) Victorino, RF
2) Pedroia, 2B
3) Ortiz, DH
4) Nava, 1B
5) Bogaerts, SS
6) Middlebrooks, 3B
7) Gomes, LF
8) Ross/Lavarnway, C
9) Bradley, Jr. , CF
If healthy, I think that they would still be a top-3 AL run producing team.
If all 4 FA signed elsewhere, you can probably count on Ruiz at C and either Beltran or a MAJOR trade to go down. There is no way that the Sox will not have someone replace Naps power bat in the lineup.
I think that one (or more) of the Drew/Naps/Salty trio comes back to Boston. The fact that Drew and Naps were tendered QO's is going to be an albatross on each of their necks. It is really a triple negative: (1) The new team has to pay the player a large salary and multiple years (2) The new team loses their 1st or high 2nd round pick AND (3) The new team loses the corresponding $$$ associated with the lost pick's slot in the draft. Is someone going like Nap AND Drew that much?
Nava batting cleanup and playing first base? Please my friend, put the crack pipe down. This is not a winning lineup whatsoever. Gomes is best served by hitting against mostly lefthanders and I still wonder if Bradley will be able to hit ML pitching. He sure as h@ll didn't in his time with us this past season. We need Napoli and Salty back. We must not jettison players that helped us win this past season, especially if we replace them with Crisp and Cameron types.