Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
posted at 10/1/2011 7:06 PM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
[QUOTE]Guys, I'm still staggering under all the news at year's end. I would like to chime in on some of the topics above. 1/ Youk is my favorite player but Moon was right. He's getting injured at 3rd. I would explore all trade options. If Papi goes and no trade benefits RS, then Youk becomes DH and super sub. 2/ Wake and Tek go. We need to get younger. 3/ Get ready. I want Theo and brass to approach Paps and talk him into starting for the good of RS. Our starting pitching immediately becomes more respectable. Bard becomes closer or we find someone to take that role. 4/ I agree with all here who want to explore all trades to make this team better. It may be impossible to extremely difficult, but explore those trades suggested to get rid of Lackey and CC. Someone said earlier that Angels had been interested in CC? If these trades don't materialize, then new staff makes these two priority work in ST. 5/ Lavarnway takes Tek's role and plus some DH's first half of year and if he comes along, then he becomes #1 catcher as year progresses. 6/Keep Scut another year. He was a dirt dog at end of year with Pedey and Ells.
Posted by Critter23[/QUOTE]Crit, Papelbon isn't a starter. He is a two pitch pony whose gift is the 9th inning is candy to him and he has that unique knack to wash a tough loss of in the shower and move on that only closers do. And the RS are going to have to sign him to a deal that pays him like one of the top closers of the game to find out if he can even be a starter.
The Angels have no interest in Crawford at this point and Crawford's 2011 is probably the only thing that makes them feel any good about the Vernon Wells trade.
In Lackey's case wouldn't everybody be happy at this point if Lackey from this point forward pitched like he did in 2010?
In both cases the incremental improvement the RS might get in trade from those two's 2011 debacles plus the small amount of budget relief derived likely would less than the possibe bounce the RS still could get.
It will be a risk but IMHO the RS will take that risk. Neither guy's stock is going to get much lower if they fail again in 2012 after all. And another way to look at this is that if Buchholz wasn't lost for over half the year, the RS make the playoffs , the collapse never happens with those two guys having dog years.
Those two will be work priorities all winter, it won't wait until ST IMHO. Look for CC to have his swing re-engineered from the ground up too IMHO. We won't see his front foot in the 1B stands next year.