Re: Could the Sox be the team that claimed Cole Hamels?
posted at 8/7/2014 11:03 AM EDT
In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
In response to slasher9's comment:
hammels is drama queen. clay 2.0. would we really rather have that at $22MM per than Lester??????????
please ben, do NOT do this.
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Trading for Hamels in lieu of signing Lester never made any sense to me before Lester was traded. Given the choice between Hamels, which would cost money and prospects, or Lester for a little more money and an extra year or two, Lester was a no brainer.
Now, the Sox need two top starters. Trading for one and signing another in FA is a very real possibility.
I am not trading Xander and/or Betts. As Rick Sutcliff said last night on ESPN, both kids are going to be ALL Stars. You can see the talent is there. If you trade these kids for 2 good players who create hole others on the roster and now you back to being inconsistent- one year a playoff team, following year last place.
I think these are the players you need to keep and build around: Pedroia, Ortiz, Cespedes, Xander, Betts, Joe Kelly, De La Rosa and Anthony Ranaudo.
Everyone else from Owens to Barnes to Bradley Jr I would trade for young proven talent.