Re: Uncle Dirt would like to finish his career in Boston
posted at 10/7/2013 6:51 PM EDT
I would have no issue with Drew here for the next 3-4 years. I agree that Ells and Salty will come before Drew though.
if we offered 4/50 to salty I bet he would take it.(not sure Id start my offer that high though) Maybe a 5th (vesting?) option. He will only be 33yo. 12.5per is a very nice payday for an average, but improving defensive catcher with lots of offensive. Not sure he gets that much, but where I start considering other options if someone else should get deeply involved. Its Very possible. Hes created a good rep for himself over the last 3 years. I might go higher with incentives. Thats a lot of Salty. Im not sure what the market will be, so I guess it could depend on how Salty and McCann do in the playoffs.
Heres the full scope thinking on Salty. You have what you need right now. hes a great fit for this team and city and hes still improving. Personally, I want him back.
Lavarnway 26yo- Not sure what they are thinking with Lav. His defense is still terrible. He could catch in a pinch at the MLB level or be a BU. IMHO, hes not a starter, not here. Maybe they do give him a 1b mit like I suggested, or even trade him. I think he will have a good stick in MLB, just not so much as a catcher.
Vasquez 23yo- Great defense, still some tweaking but overall above average for MLB. Made some strides offensively with BA and OBP, no true power to speak of. Potential for 15HR is realistic. Hes got the frame to square a few up and go bridge. Not ready to start fulltime until at least 2015-16.
Swihart 21yo- Has handled A Ball pretty good. Will probaly be in Portland in 2014. still a 2-3 years away. Needs to fill out some to stick at position, but plays it well.
John Denney 19yo- Played a little at GLC. Should be placed in short season Lowell or Low A Greenville. Also athletic enough to move off position if need be.
With Drew, you get the same as Salty. A guy you dont have to worry about inany situation. Hes a smart player that makes the plays. I would have no problem if they signed Drew to 3-4 years. I would also not have an issue with Bogey at SS.
Im sure the Sox know better if Bogey is a good fit for 3b and WMB to 1b. Its not a matter of if they can play the position, but rather which they are better at and where they have more value. Im not sure I like the possiblity of 3 young players (WMB, Bogey, JBJ), 2 of which are out of their regular position, starting the 2014 season. Maybe one, but not 2, and even that depends on how good he is at his new position. If they decide to keep Drew, my guess is someone gets traded.
Marerro is at AA. Great defensive SS who get on base at a decent clip. Still improving on offense, but appears to be a .250BA 330OBP SS with no real power. Gap to gap hitter. At least 2 years away with our depth. Could be trade chip depending what happens with Bogey and Drew.
JBJ 23yo- Is he ready for the show fulltime? I say he will need time to adjust and be given a long rope. Hes going to have issues out of the gate, but I think all the talent is there top be a successful MLB CF'er. Hes def got some holes to fill. If Ells goes, we will have to make up some production losing a 300BA 360OBP 50SB CF in other areas. JBJ is NOT at that level, and will never be as far as SB are concerned. Also hes not used to CF in Fenway. That alone will have its own learning curve. But with nobody even close to take over CF its either Ells, JBJ, Vic (dont like him as a FT CF anymore, better fit for RF with his arm) or an outside option.
Napoli- Again, Depending on his market and what we do between Drew, Xander, and Middy. I think 1b will be an easier position to fill than 3b or SS, so I think on a priority list (mine anyway) 1b comes after your up the middle positions. We could resign Naps, move Middy, even have Lavarnway workout this offseason as a 1bman. There are also some decent short term and longer term options on the FA/International FA and possible trade markets.
Looks like the rotation is set one way or the other. All of our pitchers currently on the 25-man roster are under contract for 2014. Starters and Bullpen. Im sure we will see some activity with the pitchers throughout the system. The bullpen for 14' is Koji as the closer and we find another possible closer/8th inning guy within or outside the organization. Gotta try and goom someone for that job in 2014 to take over in 2015, or if something should happen to Koji in 2014. Tons of options there. The Bullpen usually works itself out. Just throw a bunch of them out there and see who sticks.
Offseason Priority List
with some pitching moves throughout the winter.