Re: If you could suggest 5 or fewer moves to Ben Ch. for 2012 what would they be?
posted at 11/7/2011 7:49 PM EST
In Response to If you could suggest 5 or fewer moves to Ben Ch. for 2012 what would they be?
[QUOTE]1. Do not resign Tek, Drew, Papi, Wake, McDonald or Pap 2. Sign Cuddyer, Kubel and Nathan--they come from good training grounds they are all good players and all good team players 3. Sign either DeMarlo, Maddox or Alomar,Jr. to manage 4. Convince Carl C. to play RF--it's easier finding a left fielder and his speed would be better utilized 5. If Pap leaves make Aceves the closer until he loses the job.
Posted by MadMc44[/QUOTE]Hey Mad,#1
I still feel its time for Wake and Tek to step back into possible coaching roles, or play ellswhere for a year or two before the Sox can find the role. Lav was impressive late last season and much more polished than some suggested he may be behind the plate. If a catcher needs to be included in a package to find us a new SP etc. I would have no problem with Salty being includedalong with Reddick or Kalish. Lav and Tek could also be an effective combination because the real improvement offensively and in throwing runners out at the catching position should come from Lavarnway in the future.
Very few teams have two guys like Papi and Pap. I would make an effort to sign both, but feel Papi is more expendable due to age. Both are very difficult to replace. Who besides Youk, Prince or Albert could possibly match Papi's OBP or OPS? Moving Youk to DH? Trading Youk? I just don't see very productive replacements for Youk or Papi just yet. Hopefully Papi agrees on a reasonable year to year "team friendly" contract with team options and/or incentives for reaching certain goals. If Papi walks we may just need a one year guy like Vlade or another FA. Next season may be the best time to move Youk to DH, or trade him if needed. If Napoli becomes available in 2013 it could help us re-evaluate things at DH and C if things don't go as planned. Keeping Youk also allows Middlebrook more time to mature. #3
Either Mike Cuddyer or Beltran
could be soulutions in RF, it should give us a more more well rounded offense at C and in RF. Quentins name has been mentioned but I don't see the fascination with another OF that can't hit LHP.#4 Madson
in my opinion would be a "great sign" if we want Aceves in the starting rotation. I also like Weiland, Millier and maybe Kerry Wood or Chris Young
as additions to the pen. Even Rich Harden
if hes not spot starting.#5Starters:
Buchholz#4 Buehrle, I have to go with the master "inning eater". Much like Lackey he is hittable but much better at getting out of trouble.#5