Re: sox need one more move
posted at 12/22/2013 10:29 PM EST
In response to redsoxpride34's comment:
well lets hope he signs soon, perhaps the mets will give in and sign him. we can only hope. Still think the sox need to deal for a middle of the order bat to play in LF. this is what the line up should look like come opening day,
Victorino (we need someone with speed at the lead off spot, nava is not that guy)
pedroia (where he fits best, not really a number 3 hitter)
Ortiz and napoli are both good players, but ortiz is 38 yrs old and could regress big time without warning and napoli hit .259 last year with 187 k's. Not what you would want from a 3/4 hitter. The 5 spot is where napoli fits best. ortiz can hit in the 4 spot due to lack of better options. But we do not have anyone capable of filling the 3 spot. The only way to fill that spot is via trade. Looking forward to next years free agent class, there is not really anyone that will hit the market that would fill that need. hanley ramirez is the best hitter scheduled to hit the market, but its unlikely he will make it as the dodgers will likely resign him. Really there are two guys who would be ideal fits. Matt Kemp and Giancarlo Stanton. The reality is that the marlins will eventually have to deal stanton. He is going to get expensive soon and its unlikely he would sign a long term deal with miami. He is 24 yrs old, has big time right handed power and gets on base. The cost to acquire stanton would be massive. i think its possible to get a deal done without bogaerts, but the marlins might feel otherwise. The one knock on stanton is his ability to stay healthy. The last two years he has not played more than 123 games. I wouldnt say its a major concern, but its definitely something to keep in mind. Matt kemp on the other hand is quite a different opportunity than stanton. kemp is 29 yrs old, is much more proven, can play all 3 outfield positions, and is a better all round hitter than stanton. Like stanton, kemps health is an issue but to a much greater extent. the last 2 years kemp has be hampered by injuries and has only played a combined 179 games. Prior to that he was very durable. When healthy, kemp is a number 3 hitter with 30-35 home run power, .300 + avg, 30 sb, 30 double ability. The dodgers are looking to move him and his price is way lower than that of stanton. kemp represents an interesting option for the sox as they have the chance to buy low on him this winter. A fully healthy kemp would a) not be available or b) cost a ton to acquire. But due to the dodgers crowded outfield and kemps recent injury troubles he is on the block at a discounted price. He would be a gamble for the sox, as he may never return to his all-star form and has a hefty contract. On the other hand, he could very well return to form and the sox could end up getting great deal. I think he is a risk worth taking, as we could potentially get him for pennies on the dollar and have our franchise player for years to come. Especially if we can get the dodgers to eat a good chunk of his contract. (which they reportedly would)
i want drew in that lineup....i think he gets 2/20...