Re: If I was the new GM-----
posted at 10/24/2011 10:06 PM EDT
In Response to If I was the new GM-----
[QUOTE]If I were the new GM, I’d---- 1. Re/roster. For the most part, go with what we’ve got. Offer Tek a coach/player spot, Ortiz 1 year at 15 mil, extend Scooter to 2 years and say goodbye to Wakefield and Drew. Pap would be resigned. 2. I would put money saved into coaches (maybe even one who can teach people how to bunt), conditioning (fried chicken and beer for lunch?), and some serious scouting. 3. Put all players (especially pitchers) on weight and strength control regimen. Was it Ledster who said all pitchers GAIN weight during the season? Not on my money, they wouldn’t. 4. I would go after either Joe Maddon and/or his pitching coach, Dickey, for my manager and/or pitching coach. 5. I think I would trade Youk; he’s been sounding out for Cincinnati, so I would give this new rookie (?) a shot. Lowrie can be there as back-up. I would give the young SS a shot. 6. Ellsbury would be my No. 3 hitter; he’s undoubtedly the best No. 3 hitter we’ve had since Yaz, and can probably lead the league in hitting and RBIs, for many years, hitting third. 7. Bard would make it as a starter, or he would be traded. Yeh, the Babe reputedly drank heavily, and ate hotdogs in the bullpen, The Babe died at age 53.
Posted by bosoxmal[/QUOTE]
My response to mal, and if I were the GM:
1. Cya 'tek, don't let the door hit you on the way out....offer Ortiz 1 year at $10million (if he takes it fine he'll DH in 2012) if not I move on. Pick up Scutaro's option for the one year and $6million. Wake hold the door for 'tek as you are leaving. I'd sign Papelbon if the price is right or give Bell or Madson or even Jenks a chance to win the closer job if Paps demands are too high.
2. I'd actually not spend extra money on coaches just hire some that can do what I want them to do to keep the players sharp and help them when they go into slumps, since that really is their job. I'm not going to attempt to hire a manager who will bring in coaches that teach Agon, Ortiz, Youk how to bunt, this is the AL not the NL.
3. I'd then make sure I knew my pitchers names (and how to spell them) and understand that over a 162 games, and hot summer months, pitchers might need to carry a few extra pounds to stay strong...however I would emphasize that my manager and coaches preach conditioning so the pitchers can throw more than 100 pitches and get me quality starts (i.e. get into the 7th inning) and the batters can play 150 games.
4. Sure I'd look into Maddon or Bud Black if they were available, however would focus on managers that are available and would look at Tony Pena or Dave Martinez. I'd leave it to my manager to get himself coaches that will make him successful.
5. I would not rush Middlebrooks or Iglesias to the majors when they are top prospects that are not ready for prime time...plus I just brought Scutaro back so that Iglesias can get more seasoning...and I have Youk under contract to play 3B and bat in the middle of my line-up. Lowrie can come off the bench if I don't move him in a trade to for another position of need, like pitching. I'd have the manager give a good strong look at Kalish and Linares to take over RF for Drew, either as a tandem or whoever steps to the plate and shows he can take the job. Elsewise, I'd go looking for a OF at the trade deadline.
6. I'd hope the manager keep the top of the order just the way it was, since the top 4 (Ellsbury, Pedroia, Gonzalez & Youk) did a decent job in those spots when they were healthy...top 5 if Ortiz is back. However that's his call.
7. I have no evidence that Daniel Bard would be a good starter, but I know he was a very good set up guy until he lost his way for whatever reason in September...hopefully my new pitching coach would help a kid like this in those situations.
8. I'd go shopping for more starting pitching and would try to give Lackey a break and get him out of Boston where he has had trouble fitting in with the fans. That is if I get something of value in return and not jump a player dump. Lackey can pitch for me if I'm paying him $17+ million a year.
The Babe was a once in a lifetime phenomena and his lifestyle off the field would not be my concern as long as he showed up to play everyday and produced like the Babe did...I'd tell my Babe-like player that he's responsible for himself and is only hurting himself if he eats, drinks and gets merry every night - just don't let me hear that you did it during games in my clubhouse!