Re: Waiver deadline will the Sox be sellers?
posted at 8/21/2012 7:23 PM EDT
I would say who gets traded will depend upon how much money the Sox will have to pick up for guys like Beckett, or what kind of prospects/players they can get for the other guys you mentioned.
Possibly getting below the luxury tax limit for this year could be a factor as well that could help mitigate trading a high salary player, but only if the long-term Sox plan is to go over the limit in the near future years.
Aviles and a bullpen arm or two might also be considered when thinking of a trade or two. Cook could also fall into this category as well although I do like him.
I'm fine with dealing Aviles, even with 2 more arb years left.
With Crawford going for surgery, Middlebrooks injured and Ortiz not yet back from his heel injury it is time to start thinking of next (and future) year.
Trading a guy like Ross for a young major league ready pitcher would not be a bad idea. He could be resigned again next winter.
If Ross is traded, he will go to a contender. We should trade him for him for any decent prospect or two, even if they may be years away or non-pitchers. Ross finishing the season in Boston is of no value to us.
Yes, if we trade him, we should sit him down and tell him we loved how he played here, and will be talking to him this winter.
Same thing with Aviles for a solid prospect pitcher.
Teams rarely trade solid pitching prospects for an average SS with 2 years of team control.
Ellsbury should bring much more than Ross and Aviles combined. For Ellsbury I would think that at least one young major league ready pitcher, a very solid younger pitching prospect, a quality hitting prospect and perhaps two very young guys who project as major leaguers at some point.
More likely that Ellsbury is dealth this winter.
Posednik should bring back a decent pitching prospect.
Pods was up for grabs just a few days ago.
Too bad no one will want Matsuzaka. I hope that he has thrown his last pitch in a Red Sox uniform.
Consider it done.