Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part I
posted at 12/20/2013 9:59 AM EST
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Had a feeling it would be Morales first. Mostly because we have more LH's than we need in the pen. I like the Herrera pickup, he's the perfect utility guy, seems RS were not sold on Holts ability to play SS, plus Herrra still has an option in the event Drew does come back. Agree with most thought we could have gotten alittle more for Morales[injuries?]
I agree, but had we traded or will end up trading Dempster, I'd have liked to have kept Morales as SP insurance.
Think you'll see most of these pitchers signed by the end of Jan. now that the Tanaka issue is resolved. Now it will be musical chairs and someoe or more will be left without a starter and can expect RS phone to get busy.
Also totally disagree on the Butler vs Nava comparisions [too much egg nog?]. Not even close Nava coming off career yr at age 30 vs Butler 3 yrs younger who also puts up a 370 OBP 830 OPS yr in yr out and would hit 30 hr's and drive 100+ in RS lineup, and has been doing it for yrs. RH power difficult to find, Royals would never make this trade, RS would in heartbeat even though they already have there DH, could use as chip in another trade at worst case. While Butler terrible defensively, Nava won't be winning any GG and is a pretty decent defender, Butlers bat just too good!
I do think Butler's bat is better than Nava's, but he costs more and is basically a DH. Nava is also under team control for 4 years while Butler for just 2. While Nava is not great on defense, he does provide us some flexibility by being able to play LF, RF and 1B.
I agree with you Moon. I said Butlers bat would be pretty solid in Fenway. But really, hes basically a DH. Nava can play OF/1b with good enough D. Under control for longer and less $$$. The Fact we already have Papi probably through 2015 and the comparison I posted from FG tells me that it wouldnt be worth it for the Sox to do, nor do I believe they actually would make that deal.
Although Butler is the better offensive player, he would be more or less redundant here with Papi, because I just dont see butler as a FT 1b. The NEED just isnt there.