Re: sox need one more move
posted at 12/20/2013 8:00 AM EST
In response to Sheriff-Rojas's comment:
In response to JimfromFlorida's comment:
Why do so many wish to trade Peavey or Demptier. We all know at some point the RS are going to need another starter. I for one would rather have Dempster in the BP and able to come and be a starter than anyone of the others who have yet to be a full time MLB starter.
I'd like to see the Red Sox dump Dempster if they could so they could trade or free up some cash to pay for a player that might have more utility to them than a 6th starter. A right-handed or switch-hitting centerfielder would be nice as a hedge against JBJ in case he stumbles, base-slealing ability a plus. It's really not that complicated.
The expected response might be, "You can never have enough pitching, blah, blah, blah," especially relying on a brittle Buchholz and some 30 somethings. I get that. But they also have Workman, whom I would be willing to bet significantly outperforms Dempster, but may not be given a full season's (nevermind post-season's) workload yet in spite of his surname. I'm sure there's someone in the organization or a player who could be acquired on the cheap that, as a patch, may not give them much less than Dempster would.
Exactly. Why turn Dempster into a $13 million long reliever when you can potentially save some of that cash and put it to use elsewhere while getting the same production out of Workman.
Consider that we have an entire rotation's worth of pitching prospects (Workman, Webster, Ranaudo, Barnes, Owens) who have a legitimate shot at cracking the top 100 in baseball this spring and who could be ready to pitch in the majors sometime this season. This isn't 2006, when we traded a starter (the wrong one, btw...who would be complaining if we'd dumped Wells or Clement that year instead of Arroyo?) and ended up turning to the likes of Jason Johnson and Kyle Snyder by summer.