Re: Ellsbury for Andrus?
posted at 10/25/2012 11:11 PM EDT
In response to parhunter55's comment:
Giving up anything of value for a bridge to Bogearts and/or Marrero makes little sense to me. Ells is the perfect bridge to Bradley Jr. Trade Ells only if you are getting a bona fide 1 starter; otherwise, hang on to him for 2013 and let Bradley play at Pawtucket all year (with a Sept. call-up). Iglesias will do the job defensively, and if the rest of the offense is filled in well, his bat won't hurt that much. Ells, Pedey, Ortiz, Middlebrooks, Hunter, Ross/Kalish, Ike Davis, Salty/Lavarnway, and Iglesias/Ciriaco should get the Sox to the playoffs if the Sox will spend their new found money on Haren and Peavy.
Trade Doubront for Davis, sign Hunter for cheap and short terms. Give Ortiz his 2-year deal at around 25 million and sign Ross to a 3-year/30 million deal with 12 million option for 4th year.
Haren and Peavy ought to be available for 3 or 4 year deals at 13 -15 each year. Haren, Peavy, Ortiz, Ross and Hunter might cost 61 million. Ortiz, Beckett, Crawford, Matsuzaka and AGone were paid over 80 million. Sox end up with less payroll and more value where it counts (pitching).
Plus, the new contracts don't tie up the ball club for the next 5, 6, 7 years. Instead, they bridge the gap to the next wave of young guns (Bradley Jr., Brentz, Bogaerts, De La Rosa, Webster, Barnes, Owens, Light, Jacobs or De La Cruz, Cecchini, Margot perhaps), players who are anywhere from one year (Bradley) to perhaps 3 or 4 years away (Bogaerts, Owens, Margot, Swihart).
Bogaerts might be closer than Bradley. But other than that I concur wholeheartedly.