Re: Ellsbury - The Market
posted at 10/12/2012 8:41 AM EDT
Sorry Moon, but I think this team has a core of players that are capable of competing in 2013. World Series? I guess anything can happen in MLB, just ask the A's and O's.
Yes, they can, but realistically, I'm not even close to thinking it is probable.
A couple good moves, better health, and yea a little luck from the baseball Gods, and anything is possible...
Of course, but we need to be pragmatic and take a serious look at our chances. Yes, we can make a strong push to be highly competitive in 2013, but unfortuneatley, this is a bad year for top ticket FAs, and I fear we may make the same mistake again (comparing to signing Lackey, CC and extending Beckett).
Ells, Pedey, Papi, WMB, Ross, Salty, Buch, Lester, Doubront is a nice batch of players that are very capable of competing...Add the right pieces to that mix with the right coaching staff and we'll see what happens come 2013. Me, I'll take that core of players any day.
You listed 9 players and spoke of adding 3 more (Peavy, Hunter & a 1Bman). The 9 you listed are all question marks with the exception of maybe Pedey and Buch...maybe. Hunter is ancient and in decline. Peavy is questionable as well. We'd need all 12 of these guys to be near the top of their game just to have an outside shot at making the playoffs let alone being a favorite to win a ring.
I do think we should make some moves to help be us be more competitive in 2013, but they should be geared towards 2014 and beyond as well. By saying we should trade Ellsbury is not saying I don't want to add several players that will make us better. I have laid out several proposals that include trading for J Upton and Brett Anderson along with signing some younger pitchers like McCarthey (if he is healthy). I'm also OK with signing "bridge players" to 1 year deals to carry us to 2014, but I am not expecting a 2013 miracle. I will be rooting for the Sox in 2013 as I always have, but I am trying to be realistic. I have a lot of faith in several Sox players improving over their 2012 season, but I just see 2014 & 2015 as our best chance at winning it all. I know the Papi and Ellsbury window may be closed by then, but if we can get something for Ellsbury, make some key trades and signings this winter for players under team control for 3+ years, we will be stronger in 2013, but more importantly, better positioned for 2014 and beyond.