Re: I am Confused On What The Red Sox Are Doing
posted at 7/31/2014 2:12 PM EDT
In response to razcreation's comment:
I am totally lost. Red Sox want to get younger so they deal our ace SP for a 28 year old outfielder who hits .250. Now they deal Lackey for a 30 year old 1b/OF leaving top prospect Betts left in the dust.
The only good news out of today is we did get Joe Kelly, a 26 year old pitcher with very good stuff. But I am lost what are they Red Sox doing? either we going young or not?
Each situation is different because of the respective players' contracts.
The Sox could resign Lester now and waste his time pitching for a team going nowhere or sitting around for the rest of the season while the Sox find out what they have in young arms. And if in the off season Lester chooses a contract with another team the Sox get zip.
On the other hand, they loan him out to another team and get in return a relatively young, dynamic right handed power hitter sadly needed to play in the outfield, at least for another year. And the possibility of resigning Lester in the offseason.
So if Lester wasn't going to stay with the Sox, at least they got something for him, and if his intention is to be with the Sox for the remainder of his career, he'll sign in the off season, and the Sox end up 'having their cake, and eating it too.'
Either way it is a 'win/win' for the Sox.
It is my contention that the Sox have no intention of extending the contract of a 36-year-old pitcher to a big-dollar, 3 or 4 or even 5 year contract that Lester will be seeking. So if my assumption is correct, that Lackey, who has already been paid $15M for 2012 when he was out for the season, has no intention of living up to his contract and pitch for the $500,000 minimum in 2015, the Sox have no plans to extend Lackey after this season. So it makes perfect sense to unload him now and get something in return. I see it as getting something for nothing.
And that something is a 30-year-old Craig who was an All-Star in 2013 -- batting .315 with 13 homers and 97 RBIs in 134 games. Albeit he has struggled this year, but could just as easily turn it around hitting in Fenway. And the $5.5M for 2015 is certainly appealing, particularly if he plays up to his 2013 level.
Also included in the deal is 26-year-old Kelly, a right-handed pitcher who started seven games for the Cardinals this season. He's 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA. In his three year career in St. Louis, he's 17-14 with a 3.25 ERA. His best season was in 2013 when he went 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA.
So whether these two players contribute to the Sox future or not, and only time will tell, it's still a no loose move.
And Raz, I wouldn't worry too much about Betts being left in the dust. From what I've seen, his ability will force the Sox to make room for his talent or he will become a very valuable trading chip.