Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part I
posted at 11/22/2013 2:10 PM EST
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
I know this is going to be blasphemy, and I don't whole heartedly want to push this BUT when weighing out long term vs. short term and maximizing value NOW would probably be the best time to trade someone like Jon Lester. We could of got ROY, power hitting Will Meyers for him last year and I think his value is even higher this year.
Just wanted to throw that out there.....be gentle.
Lester will be a solid starter through age 35
Corey Hart is a much better option than Mike Morse.
Dempster is much more important to this team than people give him credit for.
Choo is NOT a good option for his price. Id rather pay Ells that $$ if we even go there.
The Sox are not going to have a bunch of crazy platoons and shift guys all over the field.
Vic is our best RF option. Why move a GG RF'er, especially in Fenway.
We can disagree...no problem. Hart hasn't played much in 2 years though right. And he probably costs more. And would expect to be the starter. To a degree that last part is an issue. Do we want Hart against RH pitchers also, as we did with Napoli? I'd prefer Carp against RH pitching.
I don't see how anyone could look at Choo's record of consistent success and his hit chart and not think he could help us. He would have hit .300 last year if he played in Fenway, with a ton of doubles and HR. They may well chose another approach but if I had to put my finger on the trigger for one high priced guy this year it probably would be him or one of the 2 pitchers I've noted, Tanaka or Kuroda. Of course it does depend on just how high the cost goes. If it's much beyond $100 mil they probably pass. He's a pretty secure bet though give his record of performance. Even if his defense continues to regress we still have LF and DH for him at some point. If Manny could play LF for us, Choo can certainly do it as well.
Part of my reasoning is I think they sell high on Nava. At least they think they will. The whole Jonny Gomes thing shows us how Farrell really thinks about Nava. That's probably not going to change.
If Farrell's statement about JBJ and needing power on the corners to start him at CF is accurate ( it was a radio comment someone on soxprospects heard ), then who are they going to play in CF if not JBJ? It would seem that Victorino would be the choice probably I would think.
Or they do end up getting more power in LF from a new guy. Ergo my prediction of Choo. It could be any of the above guys I noted ( Beltran, Morse, Granderson...etc) but it sounds like Farrel slipped. If the comment even happened at all.