Re: I'm Fine if Cherington Takes Off for the Rest of the Offseason
posted at 12/11/2013 8:56 AM EST
In response to royf19's comment:
There continues to be threads for moves the Sox should make, some big and some small, but as far as I'm concerned, Cherington should just call in an offseason. OK, fine if you want to stockpile a few more bullpen arms, but that's it.
There are too many who have the attitude of the grass is greener, which leads to threads for the Sox trading all their top prospects for someone else's players.
But there is no need to to pull off a blockbuster. Bradley and Bogaerts, who after what they've done, are just the sort of players we'd be demanding the Sox go get. When a small-market team has success, it's because they give those type of young players the chance.
The Sox haven't developed a power hitter in a while and have Will Middlebrooks who has showed he could be that RH power hitter. So now is not the time to give up on any of this young talent.
The Sox have six veteran starters and young starters nearly ready. But you can never have enough pitching.
The Nava/Gomes LF situation with Carp as the other OF/1B worked fine last year. If the Sox could find a LF with power, LF would be the one position I'd look for in a trade for one of the starters, but I wouldn't empty the farm system for that player either.
So as far as I'm concerned, the Sox should be set -- mostly set. I'm not against finding a utility IF to help out the left side of the infield to help take some of the pressure off and another OF who can help out in CF. (Although Nava to RF and Victorino to CF on occasion would be fine).
As far as the extra pitching, go to spring training with all six starters plus Workman and the others is fine. Let's see what develops in the spring. If an injury occurs, it gives the Sox more flexibility to make trades.
So Ben -- go take a vacation and we'll see you in February.
I heard Edes yesterday saying Drew may be out of the picture. If this is true and you get your wish I doubt we do any better than possibly fighting for a wild card slot next season or not making the playoffs at all.
#1 We no longer have a true leadoff hitter except Victorinio. Shane will probably miss time again next season forcing Nava or another into the role. None of these guys will replace the 194 runs Shane and Jacoby gave us last season. In my opinion we will score less runs PERIOD.
#2 JBJ - Ditto, you can pray/hope or whatever you like but can't expect he will make up for the loss of Jacoby in his first season and will probably have his share of woes defensively until he fully settles in.
#3 Middy, he needs to mature or get traded. Even if we get 30HR's he needs to increase his OBP and walk more next season. If not, he will once again hurt the lineup.
#4 Bogy, the one rookie I don't mind starting since Pede and Ells. My concern is SS where he is average at best.
#5 We lose solid depth without Drew or Jacoby
#6 We still need another solid RH bat to help with lefties. Cuddyer, Lake and Davis were all possibilities but so far nothing has been done.
#7 If Papi, Pede or Victorino spend significant time on the DL? No real depth offensively spells no PS in 2014.
Lastly, I know you can never really have enough pitching but we go a step further than deep in the majors and minors. We also have a surplus of good prospects who play (like positions) and may never find a position in Boston. If any team in baseball could pull off a real trade without killing our overall talent moving forward the Sox can. Why suffer for the next year or two if these youngsters don't mature quickly? Why is this FO so reluctant to pull off a (Wil Myers) type trade?