Re: Angels looking for young pitching
posted at 9/11/2013 11:08 PM EDT
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
Naps is already at a career high in PAs and RBIs, so I'm not sure it's realistic to expect "better production" next year at age 32, but I wouldn't mind seeing him back.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
He's only 27. and he's cheaper than Napoli, but I'm hoping we can do better.
Exactly that's why I'd rather have Napoli accept a QO! Get better production from first next year, or get the draft pick and signa stop gap, and hopefully there will be better options in 2014
I do still see a big need for a middle-of-the order stud, and I was thinking 1B or RF/CF would be the place to make it happen this winter. I'm not sure who is available via trade, but I don't see Napoli, Morneau, K Morales, or Morse as that "big bopper".
The way Drew is playing, I'm thinking they may bring him back, play Boggy at 3B, and move Middlebrooks to 1B. That would be a very inexpensive solution to the IF, and it would leave money left over to re-sign Ellsbury or somehow get a big bopper (perhaps with a high salary) OF'er by trade. Or, we could maybe sign Pence and McCann along with Drew. That would put us over the luxury limit, unless we dump Dempster, Lackey or another high-priced player.
Ideally, we could get a low-cost kid like Stanton without giving up Boggy. We'd have filled our OF opening and saved money to sign Drew and/or Naps and McCann or Salty.
I'll throw this out there without much thought as to wether I'd do it or not, but...
Trade Lackey ($16M/2 remaining makes him a great high stock value) for top prospects.
With the $30-35M available plus Lackey's near $16M, we'd have about $50M to spend.
Trade those prospects plus JBJ, Middlebrooks, and maybe a young pitching prospect for Stanton.
Sign: Drew, Napoli, and McCann
This is our 25 man roster for 2014:
IF Holt (Cecchini by September)
SP: Buch, Lester, Peavy, Doubront, Dempster, Morales
RP: Uehara, Tazawa, Breslow, Miller, Bailey, Workman