Re: First honest report out of spring training
posted at 2/16/2013 10:14 AM EST
Back when I firtst came to this forum, some 7 years ago, you could create a Thread about something you read and discuss the meaning/implications. Now you end up defending the source, or your intent, or even your right to have an opinion about whatever it is you wanted to discuss.
Very few posters actually addressed my proposed idea. And I knew I would be perceived by some as overreacting. Yes, I know that Morales and Aceves are being stretched out as starters. And I think the Sox need that kind of depth, with Lackey coming off major surgery and Buchholz not yet ever having been able to pitch a full slate of starts. And perhaps Morales and Aceves would perform admirably for the #5 and #6 starters on this team.
But if you want to improve the rotation, you have to get a guy who pushes your #4 or #5 guys down a slot or out of the rotation. I am not convinced Lohse is as good as his 2012 numbers say he is. But he is a bona fide starter, the best available on the FA market, and will pitch a full season in all likelihood. To assume Morales or Aceves could pitch 180-200 innings in 2013 is being too optimistic IMO.
If the Sox could turn Salty and Doubront into a young LHH LFer, or a bona fide 1B prospect, or a pirtching prospect a couple of years away from ML ready, wouldn't that be enough to off-set the loss of the 2nd round pick? Depending on the cost of signing Lohse, I would at least consider signing him and trading Doubront.
The fact is, I was calling for trading Doubront long before he showed up to camp in poor shape...but that was when I had hopes the Sox would sign two starters--Haren and one other--making Doubront expendable. Once again, the idea was to trade him before he got hurt. Now, trading him would be harder, but it would have the added value of sending a strong message to all the pitchers that keeping in shape and taking your conditioning seriously is required on this team.
Let's face it...the Sox pitchers have had a recent record of playing in less than optimal physical condition, and during that same time have sustained an almost unprecedented amount of injuries (whether or not that is related to the lack of conditioning is open to debate).