Re: Theo's mind racing
posted at 10/11/2011 6:42 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Theo's mind racing
[QUOTE]could you explain in detail just what the better chance of success in Boston means? The sox are anchored by very bad contracts held by non-performing players The sox have little in the upper minors to bring up or trade The sox have some critical free agents to make significant decisions on. The sox need 2-3 starters. Dice coming back is not the answer. He is no good! The sox need major help in the pen. The sox need to make a decision at short and to fill a hole in right foeld. I frankly do not know all the problems with the cubs, but staying here is no easy task.
Posted by accland[/QUOTE]
The Cubs being 71 and 91 should answer part of your question. The Sox are not in that bad of shape if Theo or whoever can make the correct moves.
Here is a good start .....#1
We need a tough disciplinarian manager who isn't afraid to take risks and play some small ball if needed like Maddon. #2
Out with the old, great guys but Tek, Wake and Drew should be replaced. Drew with Reddick or Kalish and guy like Cuddyer in RF. Even Beltran if the price is right. Beltran will be 36 so I'm not sure he will get big bucks anywhere. Lavarnway and Salty should be given there chance at catcher. Wake is the toughest choice because we don't presently know if anyone is better suited as I would keep Miller around for a seventh starter. He has the skill if he can control it. Bedard is also an option as the fifth starter with Aceves taking Wakes place and helping the pen.#3
Lackey needs to be dealt if he is in fact healthy but we have few choices like Zambrano, Santana or even David Wright so Youk can move to DH. This would save us Papi's salary to upgrade our pitching. We could also keep Papi and Youk where they are and try to flip Lackey for an above pitcher. Any trade for Lackey would have to be worth the other teams wild.
In other words we would probably need to include a couple prospects like Middlebrooks plus one more for a guy for Wright or Zambrano. Santana "if the Mets would even do it" would surely take at least one prospect plus Lackey. #4
The Yankees and about 10 other teams will be after CJ Wilson while Nolan Ryan tries to resign him but we should be in on it. Either way I firmly believe our top priority should be a #4 pitcher to replace Lackey. #5
Aceves should be our fifth starter. I would try my very best to sign a middle reliever like "Ryan Madson" to take his place.
Weiland was a good reliever in college and I feel he is best suited to join our pen for at least a shot.#6 Pap,
real tough decision because is Bard good enough, or could a guy like Heath Bell handle pressure in Boston? I'm leaning towards keeping Pap, but again we need a top tier starting pitcher so it would be money towards this.#7
Would love to go after Reyes but it won't happen so bring Scuter back along with Aviles and give Iglesias another year to mature. Lowrie is probably expendable or trade bait.#8
Do not trade Jacoby, try and sign him or possibly package him for a player like Kemp or J. Upton, he has that kind of value.#9
Our entire management staff needs to make sure every single player stays in top physical condition. There will still be injuries but we won't look like a bunch of Fat Cats out there.#10 We need to make Pede our captain
. He is a leader by example and will voice his opinion if things get out of hand. We need a leader on this team as bad as we need pitching.