Re: Ben's next move??
posted at 12/17/2012 9:14 PM EST
I think I'm one of the few people here who actually likes the way Ben has gone about this offseason. The kids should be ready to come up in 2-3 years, so he's made sure 3 is the limit for contracts. Napoli, as long as they get past this hurdle, is a no brainer. They've been lacking a real right handed home run threat since Manny left, and he certainly fills that hole. They also got one of the most solid bullpen guys in the league, which adds to what should be a very good pen. If Bailey is healthy, Bard comes back to what he was and Melancon goes back to what he was in Houston (not great, but solid), then you have 4 guys with setup/closer stuff to work the end of the game. That's a lot of ifs, but it's also a lot of options. Outside of that, the short term additions of Drew and Ross are fairly obvious indicators that they will be looking to move either Salty or Lavarnway and Iggy or Ciriaco.
Also, I love their commitment on the limited years for Hamilton. He would have been great in the Sox lineup, but they've made a plan and they're sticking to it. Adding another corner outfielder would allow them to add Jacoby to the package with a catcher, shortstop, and probably either Doubront or Morales for a frontline starter.
A team that looks like this...not too shabby
C Lavarnway or Salty
UTIL Ciriaco or Iggy
(insert traded for pitcher here)
BP Breslow, Miller, Tazawa, Uehara, Bard, Melancon, Bailey, Carpenter, Pimentel, Morales or Doubront as your 6th Starter. There's a very good pool of players to choose from here. I think the Pen could be a very strong point on this team.