Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 6/2/2013 3:27 PM EDT
In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
We all know how tough that is to do though, including Moon.
Extremely difficult, but not impossible.
To me, we are in a position where we are not going to want to move some guys who might be key to winning this year. I think we absolutely have a chance to win this year. To me, beyond "prospects" like we have on the farm now, we have a few guys we could realistically trade though at the deadline:
Salty or Ross and replace one of them with Lavarnway. I think Lavarnway may actually prove better than either before long. We still have Vasquez as injury back up.
It's not my first choice in trade, but with Salty's late season histories, it may not be a big drop off to Lava, but again, only if we get something good for Salty. To me, I'd be happy with a nice prospect, but if we are going for a win this year, it might be hard to trade him as part of a package to fill a greater need area.
Carp and replace him with JBJ ( It's not like we can move Gomes right now and Carp is probably a better transition with JBJ as they both are LH hitters ). Historically, Gomes has been the better player than Carp and Carp is just more tradeable and replaceable right now with JBJ. We still have both Nava and Ortiz available to back up 1st. It wasn't long ago when Carp was available dirt cheap. Right now we would probably be selling high.
He's not going to net us anything significant.
Aceves ( We have Morales and Webster and even more starter depth if necessary on the farm )
Again, nothing significant as it stands now. I think his upside potential for our team may outweigh what we can get in return. He's also our SP injury insurance.
We should keep Ellsbury as he is a real potential all star and we are trying to win IMO. If you look at our run differential, we are clearly the best team in the AL East so far. I'd still rather keep Drew and use Iglesias in Ciriaco's slot. We need some depth there and keeping guys in the infield healthy is very important. Iglesias gets hurt a lot. Let's keep him fresh.
At the deadline, Drew will be owed about $3M. If we pay $1-2M of the deal, we might get a nice player in return, and to me, we'd improve at the SS position with Iggy anyways.
Unless Ellsbury stays hot and gets healthy, he will not bring us back much. I'd look hard to trade him for a player projected to be better than the sandwich draft pick.
We could trade a reliever but those pesky injuries can really mess up that scenario and relievers can go into the tank sometimes. I'd probably keep all starters unless we are trading for a better one.
I'd try and trade 2-4 of these guys for a better starting pitcher who is under team control for beyond 2013.
As you said, not easy.