Re: I could be the next GM of the Red Sox. Folks here's your 2012 Boston Red Sox.
posted at 10/3/2011 9:26 PM EDT
All of this discussion just boils down to the fact that the team needs to upgrade its starting pitching, find a way not to downgrade its positional spots, and acquire a right fielder. What many posters here fail to taken into account is the fact that in 2012 there is a whole lot of money committed to lackey (15.25), beckett (15.75), gonzales (21) matusaka (10), crawford (19.5), Jenks (6), Wheeler (3) et al, which narrows the gap considerably in terms of acquiring the players they need. throw in the youkillis (12), Lester (7.6) and pedroia (7.6) contracts, the question of re-signing Ortiz (10-12?), and papelbon (13-14?), and you're potentially at around 135 million right there and still have to fill out your roster with bench players, a bullpen, a ss, a cf, a rf, and a top line starter (and maybe two). all for an aditional 25-30 million. a pretty tall task. yes, you have players like salty, lowerie, lavarnway, bard, bucholtz, etc. on the cheap, and lester, pedroia, youkillis, ellsbury (for one more year) etc. at good value, but you then re-sign scutaro (6) or his equivalent, aceves or his equivalent, ellsbury at his arbitration number (and have to consider his numbers/the numbers for a top replacement moving forward), and you're already quickly creeping toward the imposed spending limit of between 160-170. decisions like lackey, matusaka, drew, crawford are the kind that create this problem (those five players represent about 60-65 million
this year). you just can't bet wrong on that many key, big money players. true, you can't control injuries, but unless the sox are planning to go out and spend 180 or 190 million or more (and who knows, maybe they will?) it is likely there are going to be just as many gaps, if not more, than there were this year, though one could argue that throwing money at big time free agents rarely wins championships anyway. question marks at the top of the list are obviously...
2. papelbon and the closer spot
3. Bucholtz's health and the prospect of acquiring one or two front line starters
3. Right field and reddick's future
4. What to do with ellsbury long term
5. Ortiz and the dh spot
6. Where to play youkillis
7. Picking up scutaro's option or replacing him
9. The rest of the bullpen - aceves, albers, rich hill, etc and who can be acquired
10. Whether to resign wakefield
12. The catching spot/does varitek retire/go?/lavarnway's readiness
14. Having an adequate bench
15. How many players in the minor league system can contribute to the club in 2012
Of course the solutions to many of these issues are predicated on moves that need to be made first so theoretically there will be some domino effect going on here. one hopes the offseason plan makes more sense than in the rpevioius few seasons. the busts are piling up and starting to choke this team.