Re: Big Rays Royals trade
posted at 12/10/2012 2:55 PM EST
In response to parhunter55's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
they royals got shields (who is money) and davis (long relief/starter) for a slew of prospects. at the end of the day your getting 2 known commodities for a series of unknowns. won't know for sure "who won" until those prospects step foot into the mlb.
Well said. The Rays are now one pitcher injury away from needing pitching. Meanwhile, the expectation is that Myers does not play at the MLB level this year, except after July. That being the case, the Rays have not improved their offense at all...at least for 2013. As Sox fans we should be happy the Rays made this deal. They just gave up some ground to the Sox, who can still sign Sanchez and end up with depth and quality in their rotation. Maybe not quite as good as the Rays, but almost as good. And with much better offense.
Even after this trade, the Rays have a way better roation than ours...
6) Archer/Ordorizzi (KC's AAA pitcher of the year in 2012) or Montgomery (Was KC's #1 prospect before an off year in '12)
The Rays may not be quite as strong next year, but they always find a way to pick up marginal players to fill the gaps until the proaspects are ready.
Granted. On paper, it looks like the Rays still have us. But let's say Lester gets straightened out and Buchholz pitches uninjured, the way he did in 2010. If the Sox were to sign Sanchez and he pitches as he has over the last 3 seasons, then the Sox top three all compete very well with the Rays's top three. Then it comes to the bottom of the rotation. Lots of ifs there, especially for Sox. but if Moore comes into his own, well then the Rays will definitely have the better rotation. Perhaps the best in all baseball.
The Sox still have the offense over them, though. Myers is not scheduled to be an offensive help to the Rays in 2013.
Sorry, I've been hearing these same 'what ifs" for 5 years now.
One could just as easily say, "what of Moore blossums this year?" or "What if hellickson get even better?" or "What if Price goes 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA?" Ooops, he just did that, and his WHIP has improved for2 straight years.
Yes, if we get Sanchez, we can compete, but I still think TB's starting 5 or 6 beats ours with Sanchez. Pitching wins when it counts.