Re: Adam K, and His Nonsense
posted at 7/14/2014 2:26 PM EDT
Bogaerts is not "improving".
We can hope he will, but as of now, he is struggling.
I hope I get proven wrong...it wouldn't be the first time... but while being 8 back in the WC standings does not seem "out of it" in the traditional sense of the word, having 9 teams ahead of you is pretty daunting.
I do think passing Minnesota and the White Sox is not so scary, but Tampa bay is playing well, the Yanks are still tough, and Cleveland, Toronto, KC, Seattle and LA are all just plain better than us.
I would not mind seeing us make a trade to improve us this year, but it also has to help us in 2015 and beyond for me to support it. That kind of trade will be hard to make. Teams are desperate and overpaying for team controlled good players is not exactly what we should be looking at right now, unless someone like Stanton (with an extension as part of the deal) is put on the July trading block.
To me, trading Peavy and Gomes could actually help our team (sort of addition by subtraction as you will). We could start de la Rosa and Workman more often or give Webtser or Ranaudo a look. Betts, JBJ, Holt, Nava and maybe Vic at some point can all easily make up for the loss of Gomes.
Trading Badenhop could give Doubront and a prospect a chance to pitch more from the pen.
Trading Drew is hard to improve on for just 2014, since I don't trust Middy, Cecchini or Marrero at this point.
Trading Ross and replacing him with Butler or Lava would be a step back for 2014.
Trading Miller would hurt 2014, but if the return value would be a good boost to our future, I'd seriously consider it, assuming we are closer to the last WC slot by the deadline. Otherwise, I'd trade him and start thinking of 2015 and beyond.
If we are still 8 out by July 31st, we need to extend Lester and Uehara or come to a contractual understanding with them, or trade them for some very nice prospects.