In response to Critter23's comment:
Moon and Boom, I'm not for a fire sale either but I agree with you Moon. It's not that I want to trade Ells, but it seems like we have JBJ ready to step in and do a lot of what Ells does if we do trade him or package him. I just keep going back to believing this is a great group of guys to root for and a breath of fresh air, but not enough for a WS. One more great starter that pushes a couple of guys down--as you've explained Moon--makes our whole staff better. Maybe Morales-Doubie-Webster can be that next year, but not yet. And we need a guy who can hit 30 dingers in the middle of the order. Like someone else said here recently, we have lots of depth so any trades that are made, we do have people to step up. I think it's exciting to be in this present spot, and it's pretty fair to say BC put us here with the LA trade and holding the line to some extent this winter...Moon and everyone, I know you're not ready to speculate on trades, but are there any teams out there who LINE UP WELL WITH US? By that I mean need catching, relievers, SS, 3rd baseman, outfielders, our strengths right? For starting pitchers, middle of the order hitters...guys on the cusp of coming into their own.
To me, 3rd base isnt a strength this year, which is why Iggy is there right now. Plus, I dont think they are ready to give up on Middy. OF really isnt a strength either IMO. With Ells one foot out the door, and Besides JBJ and maybe Brentz, we have nothing close to ready. Id say as it stands right now, 3b and OF are not very strong. Cecchini and maybe Almanzar (3b) are about a year or 2 away still.
Relievers wont get us too much unless we decide to go after paps and use bailey as trade bait. Or guy like Koji or Taz. Mort, Miller etc., type guys arent worth much. Maybe Aceves?
We need to see if Middy comes around. It will depend on how he produces coming off the DL. If he continues to struggle, then yeah, we will need to find a bat IMO.
I think Ellsbury (Drew maybe) will net us a comp pick with a QO, so unless the return is without a doubt helpful this year and in the future, They should stay put. I have a hard time believing JBJ can step right into CF and duplicate the production Ells can give us, same with Iggy for Drew. The offensive production will suffer. I still say dont move Salty unless were out of it too.
Have to see where we, and other teams, are at come the end of June to really start throwing names around...