Re: 1b and 3b solutions
posted at 8/14/2013 4:27 PM EDT
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
I'd rather have Price or Moore over any of our starters.
Maybe I'm in the minority here but I don't think we spend anything on pitching this offseason. we have 6 starters and almost an entire AAA staff of prospects. When in the past have we had 4-5 starters ready to close to ready in AAA? I can't ever think of a time.
I also know there is a lot of skepticism about having a team that is heavy in rookies...but we haven't had this much young MLB talent this good since I can remember. We've always had one or two guys but never this plethora of young talent.
We've literally sat around for years jealous at what TAMPA BAY would do with rookies and young talent and for the first time in my lifetime we have that PLUS the veteran presence of Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Jon Lester, Clay Buccholz, and the other veterans who will be here next year. Sprinkle in a guy like McCann and maybe a relief pitcher and I think we could be built to be a VERY good team not just next year but for years to come.
We need to move from quantity to quality- top quality.
I do not see a FA pitcher out there- Kuroda & Garza are not really aces, so it may have to come by trade. We may have to trade Lester & Lackey for prospects, then trade prospects for a real ace. It won'y be easy, so I think this winter, Ben will focus on filling the big RH'd bopper slot. I'm not talking McCann either, although we may get him and a bopper, and let Ellsbury go.
I find it hard to believe Ben will go in house with 3 or more of the 6 open positions, and in terms of which slots are most likely to be left to in system solutions, I'd rank them this way for 2014 only- not beyond:
SS or 3B: whichever Bogaerts plays.
CF: JBJ (Victorino as back-up)
1B: Carp/Middy (Nava & Papi as back-ups)
3B (assuming Boggy plays SS): Middy/Holt/Snyder (Cecchini by Sept?)
RP: several options, including moving SP'ers to the pen
Ideally, we'd fill the big bopper-middle-order-hitter role at 1B, 3B or CF/RF.
We'd sign a catcher like McCann or Salty.
We'd sign a bridge player at corner IF if the bopper is an OF'er, or and OF'er if the bopper was a corner IF'er.
We'd sign solid defensive SS as the utility IF'er/late inning defensive replacement of in case we move Boggy to 3B mid season for various reasons, including Boggy can't field SS well enough for ML or Middy declines further and we need a 3Bman now.