posted at 4/12/2013 8:37 AM EDT
Jeff Loria was voted the "Worst Owner In Baseball" this winter. The heartless, soulless, greedy owner of the Marlins is left with only one valuable chip on the table...outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Given the Sox' miserable outlook for offense as currently configured, I smell a big deal in the wind. After a few years of the Sox management looking short term (think Adrian Beltre, Derek Lowe, Pedro, Paplebon, Alex Gonzalez, etc., etc,....all gone), but instead taking on quick fixes Renteria, Lugo, Cameron, Smoltz, Wells, Penny, Adrian Gonzalez, Crawford et.al, it seems that there is a somewhat longer term focus from Yawkey Way that could benefit the fans for a while. John Henry and Lucchino can talk Loria's language, and the Sox have both money and players that would satiate Loria's business model of low payroll composed of high level AAA players and 2nd/3rd tier major league talent.
Sooner, rather than later, someone is gonna offer Loria a kings' ransom for Stanton, and the Sox have the kind of shiny items that would impress the small minded, short sighted Loria. Think along the lines of Doubront, Lavarnway, Gomes, Iglesias, a top AAA pitching prospect, and a number of highly rated prospects in AA. A team cannot pay cash to "buy" another player, but if the Sox throw in bucks toward the contract of a major leaguer (Doubront, Gomes), and add a few scrubs from the minors, Loria could continue his charade of fielding a major league team, maintaining a low payroll, and have money left over for his toys and trinkets.
The Sox are not going to scare AL teams with fleet footed singles hitters, and obtaining quality boppers has to become a priority soon. The Sox might have one of the best looking herds of livestock on the farm in years (on paper), and they are stocked with too many average players at the major league level. And don't bet on Napoli as 1st baseman long term... lots of 3rd basemen have moved to 1st (Middlebrooks..?), and the Sox are loaded with infield prospects, particularly the left side.
Bear in mind the the Sox have the #7 overall draft pick in June, and around the #44 pick overall in the 2nd round. More livestock for the farm from a better than average 2013 draft. Look for a 4 or 5 or 6 player deal, avec cash, for Stanton... sooner rather than later