Re: It's Time to Start looking for the 2013 Team.
posted at 10/18/2012 12:36 AM EDT
In response to TampaGolfer's comment:
I've said this before, but it's worth writing again. This team, in 2012 was #3 in run production until the last month when BV gave up and the team became a AAA showcase and even though it was mostly a AAA club all season. This team is not in a dire situation, unless they can't get players to buy into whatever attitude system BC tries to construct.
The new players indicated are legit, but the feel I am going for is that this type of talent and this type of investment.
Here's a viable couple of options to make this team immediately competitive in 2013.
1. Corey Hart - 1B - Likes Wisc., but is sick of losing. $9MM in 2012 - Sign him to 3 yrs at $12MM and he's 33 when the contract is up.
2. Use a couple of the up and comers to trade with the Rockies to get Carlos Gonzales. He made $7.5MM in 2012 and he's 26. Sign him to 5yrs. $50MM
3. Starting lineup:
4. Bench consists of:
5. Podsednik - he deserves it
Now for Pitching:
3. Lackey - Yes I said Lackey
4. New guy
5. Bailey - Closer
IF, and it's a big IF, the starters whom have been solid for the entire careers just do their job, to quote Coach Belichick, the wins look like this:
1. Lester - 15
2. Buchholz- 15
3. Lackey - 13
4. New Guy - 13
5. Mix - 13
Just My Thoughts!...
I dont see either player wearing a Sox uniform next year. Also, you forgot Doubront in the starting rotation. The Sox offense is not the problem. They had a ton of injuries to key players and honestly, not much timely hitting.
We have a couple prospects that are within a year away and a couple more 1-2 years.
On offense, IMO, we could get by with a couple 1-2 year low cost deals with guys like Hunter, Ludwick (if his option isnt picked up) or guys like that.
Another possible option is the Rangers or reds. Both have suggested they are/were interested in Ellsbury. Maybe deal involving Ells to either team will be made. Pitching, 1b, and OF are the needs of the Sox...Maybe an Ellsbury trade could provide this.