Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part I
posted at 1/4/2014 1:46 PM EST
In response to moonslav59's comment:
This is probably far from "realistic", so maybe it should not be mentioned on this thread, but here is one extreme idea:
Trade: Peavy ($14.5M), Dempster ($13.25M) and Gomes ($5M) for prospects*
Sign: Tanaka (~$20M x 6) and Drew (~$9M x 1)
Trade: Middlebrooks, Bradley, Lavarnway, Betts, Linares, de la Rosa and prospects*
For G. Stanton & S Cishek
1) Victorino CF
2) Pedroia 2B
3) Ortiz DH
4) Stanton RF
5) Napoli 1B
6) Nava/Carp LF
7) Bogaerts 3B
8) Drew SS
9) Pierzynski C
Bench: (one: Carp/Nava), Herrera, Ross, one: Holt, Snyder, Hassan, Brentz
SP: Lester, Buchholz, Tanaka, Lackey, Doubront, (Workman & others AAA)
RP: Uehara, Cishek, Mujica, Breslow, Tazawa, Miller, Badenhop
Moon, I would like to see this as a potential scenario. I would certainly be happy going into 2014 and beyond with this team. GS would be our DH of the future, and a true DH at that. In NL parks, he could still play an OF position. Under these terms, I could see signing Drew short term and waiting a year for Cecchini to appear at 3rd. I am in favor of actually having SS-quality defenders at 3rd and SS as it helps with infield defense during shifts. RS could do all sorts of things with Bogey at 3rd and Drew at SS including keeping Drew in place or shaded to 3rd in a shift and moving Bogey to the 2nd base hole.
GS is worth a number of players and prospects. If at all possible, I would want to keep Bradley but the Marlins would want him for the same reasons; however, with the RS having Victorino (especially in CF) and Stanton (in RF), the 4th OF will see a lot of time. Bradley would be important defensively. Can you think of a hypothetical scenario where Bradley and Bogey are not included in a package for GS? The Marlins would be a good landing spot for Lavarnway was well. Marlins catching was not good offensively last year.
Tanaka would probably cost more in years, but you have built a WS-class pitching staff. Extending Lester, Doubront, Buch, and Tanaka (long-term contract) means that the RS have places for one further SP and a back-up. Lackey is not leaving until after 2015 as it is. Given the RS farm even after your proposed trade, I would keep the SP 5 and possibly 6 slots open to allow high AAA pitching prospects a route to MLB. Also, keeps costs down for the end of the rotation. If you give Tanaka $20M, RS will give Lester something similar.
Papi Stanton Naps Nava/Carp and Bogey is a heck of a line-up.
Most of all, your trade addresses the deep RS farm. We have to make a trade like this because we cannot keep all of our prospects forever. Potential value of prospects is still value, and it is interesting how that sometimes exceeds "actual" value that a MLB player has shown on the MLB stage.