Re: Dear RS fans...
posted at 9/10/2012 5:13 PM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
In response to JimfromFlorida's comment:
Now that the hated Beckett is gone and the kids are playing are you all happy?
This past tewo weeks is what next year will be all apout.
Are you saying you want Beckett back even though his 2012 ERA was 5.23? Shedding his, AGon, and CC's contracts was/is the cost of being able to get a better rotation. I hated losing AGon, my favorite Sox player, but he was the essential pot sweetener to make Beckett and CC's contracts acceptable to the Dodgers.
Still a lot of work for Ben C to do, no question. But chances are Ortiz and Middlebrooks will both be back in 2013. If Ells can get back to at least 2009 form, Pedroia can still hit, etc, the lineup should be OK. Better would be one big bat at 1B or in the OF. But a good lineup will not work if the rotation doesn't get fixed.
Hopefully Ortiz gets signed. If not maybe Lavarnway can be dh/backup catcher. With the money saved on contracts from the trade they should be able to sign someone who can hit, so the line up should be o.k.
You're right about the pitching, though. Next year's free agent crop looks pretty thin and I don't think selling the farm for a couple of starters is a good idea. Maybe they get lucky with some guys they already have. In any case we're probably looking at at least a season or two before they're in contention again.