posted at 10/27/2012 12:45 PM EDT
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Torii Hunter is a close friend of David Ortiz stemming from their time together on the Minnesota Twins. I recall Hunter making many positive statements about Boston in the past as well. If the Red Sox want him and offer a reasonable deal, I think he would sign with them.
Whether such a move would be prudent, I'm less confident. Hunter will likely cost 1-2 years at $10 million per year. An outfielder entering his late 30s can break down at any time. The last thing the Red Sox need is another Mike Cameron situation.
I would rather sign someone like Juan Pierre to a 1 year deal for less than $2 million (he played for $800,000 in 2012). While also on the older side, he does not command the same kind of money or long-term commitment. He's very strong defensively, he can play all three outfield positions, he gets on base at about the same clip as Hunter, and he also steals a lot of bases. If he struggles, at least he doesn't drain the budget or take up roster space for too long. To me, he represents one of the best bargains on the market. The Red Sox don't need a power-hitter in LF, if they re-sign Ortiz (appears likely), Ross (also likely), and a decent first baseman.
Speaking of first base, I would forget about tying up money long-term on Napoli or Swisher. They'll both be vastly overpaid. Save the big money for pitching. I'd sign Lance Berkman to a 1 year deal for first base. I know he's old and coming off an injury, but he's still very productive (31 HR, 95 RBI, .412 OBA in 2011, .381 OBA in limited at-bats in 2012). The Red Sox could probably sign him for less than $3 million, on maybe an incentive-laden contract. If he struggles, he could be part of a platoon at 1B with Saltalamachhia.
1. Trade Jacoby Ellsbury to San Francisco for Tim Lincecum. Lincecum will be playing for a new contract in 2014 and he makes $22 million next season. I think the Giants would gladly make that swap, if not for the savings alone. I also believe it would be a good gamble for the Red Sox because John Farrell has a good reputation for turning pitchers around, a change of scenery could work wonders for Lincecum, and the guy is just too talented to be done already at such a young age. I wouldn't be surprised to see an excellent bounceback season in a walk year. If the move doesn't work out, so be it, the commitment is only for one year. It's okay to overpay on short-term deals. This may be the only realistic way to add a potential No. 1 starter to the rotation.
2. Shore up the bullpen with fireballing Jonathan Broxton (still only 28).
3. Take chances with some of the young players like Bradley and Iglesias. Plenty of playoff teams hand the proverbial keys over to rookies fresh out of AA and AAA.
2013 Boston Red Sox
1. C Ryan Lavarnway
2. 1B Lance Berkman
3. 2B Dustin Pedroia
4. SS Jose Iglesias
5. 3B Will Middlebrooks
6. LF Juan Pierre
7. CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
8. RF Cody Ross
9. DH David Ortiz
10. C/1B Jarrod Saltalamachhia
11. INF/PR Pedro Ciriaco
12. OF Ryan Kalish
13. OF/PH Jerry Sands
14. SP Jon Lester
15. SP Clay Buchholz
16. SP Tim Lincecum
17. SP John Lackey
18. SP Felix Doubront
19. RP Andrew Bailey
20. RP Daniel Bard
21. RP Jonathan Broxton
22. RP Franklin Morales
23. RP Andrew Miller
24. RP Alfredo Aceves
25. RP Chad Mortensen
Pierre would also be a good option. Not sure about Lincecum, but its an interesting option. I think the Rangers, Reds and Braves might match up a little better with an Ellsbury deal though. Id rather get someone with a couple more years of control for Ells...
Im sure the NYY will be bidding for Broxton as well so even if it just drives the price up Im all for making him an offer. I do think our bullpen is our stongest part of the team, so if we didnt get him it wouldnt bother me.
By the way, #25 on your list is Clayton Mortensen, not Chad. Also Junichi Tazawa should be a vital part of the bp in 2013 as well as Craig Breslow. We already have 4 LHP and only need 2, maybe 3 in the bp, so one of Miller, Morales, Hill or breslow will probably be dealt this winter...
The key is choosing the right fits who have and can play under the Boston pressure, not to mention fit well in the clubhouse. Something Theo was horrible at 95% of the time. Berkman at 1B, Lincecum and even Hunter for a year or two may be good fits.
I don't think Bradley or Iggy are ready, lets see how they all do this spring before playing them on a daily basis. I would also inquire about guys like Kendry Morales, McCann, Y. Molina, etc. Adding youngsters who have never played with guys we already have that don't produce won't win many games for us.
We need to look at all positions!
I agree. I dont think JBJ will be ready until 2014 either. I think they just might give Iggy a shot at SS next year unless a good deal comes along to change their mind.
Also dont think Molina will be leaving the Cards any time soon. Would you trade one of the best catchers in the game who is signed thru 2017 with an option for 2018? McCann has a team option for 2013 that will probably be picked up as well, if hes not given a longer deal.
Morales would be nice if we dont have to give up a lot for only 1yr as he will be a FA after 2013.
I would love to see a guy like McCann bringing Lav along instead of Salty. You are probably right about Molina "like Braun" but it never hurts to kick the tires.