Re: Bold Deadline Predictions
posted at 7/11/2013 1:51 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I can't see the Sox having any interest at all in Ramirez, especially when you consider he is signed through next season. Drew is on the way back and Middlebrooks or Boegarts are other alternatives for 3rd.
They are not realistic pluses at 3B for a ring run. Drew is only good vs RHPs and Ramirez is better anyways, plus it allows Iggy to play SS- a huge plus for our staff.
Yes, Ramirez is signed through 2014, but Boggy may need another year, and Middlebrooks (and Boggy) can take Napoli's place at 1B next year, if they prove they can hit MLB pitching well enough
Ramirez does very well vs LHPs (a high need area), but also hits righties pretty well (better than Drew).
Ok, the Sox may or may not be better off for the short term, but I'm just saying there is no way they make a trade for Ramirez. They will bring Middlebrooks up on August 1st before they do that and they'll put Drew at short & Iglesias back at 3rd before they trade for Ramirez...Not happening.
Also, who is Gallardo replacing in the rotation? Unless Buchholz has a setback in the next few weeks, or another starter gets hurt, they aren't going to trade for a starter like Gallardo. They don't have a spot in the rotation for him.
So far, we have used Aceves for 6 starts, Webster for 6 starts, and Morales for 1. That's 13 starts, which is less than we have needed in recent years. Buchholz is hurt, Lester is struggling, and one can never have too many starting pitchers. One can be used in long relief, or something radical like making Dempster or Lester the closer could be considered. We could also trade Lester for some good prospects to replenish what we had to give up for the three guys we just got.
The Sox aren't going to trade for a middle of the rotation starter, again, unless somebody gets hurt. Are they going to put Gallardo in Pawtucket when Buchholz comes back? It's nice to have depth, but you don't trade prospects for a 6th starter at the deadline. Not happening...