posted at 1/25/2013 1:41 AM EST
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
I would say "in a rare moment, I agree with Softy" but so many of his attempted contributions to this thread have been banned htere is no way to figure out if he had a kernel that might have led to a thought.
But if this point is that the Red Sox should have gone harder after Upton given the modest package the Braves gave up, I'd say yes I agree.
If however this was another opportunity to bash Ellsbury relentlessly then it's hard to know what to say, we all know Softy has a love/hate for Ells that is usually flipped on the hate channel when he's online here.
At this point I'd like to see the Sox focusing on pitching anyway, I know softy is satisfied with our thin parade of barely adequate starting pitching but I am many other fans are not. There's a few months to get this sorted, even modest improvements or added depth for when Lackey flames out would be acceptable.
i like our depth as is. unless we deal a starter or are willing to pick up some retread on a MiL deal i don't see us upgrading our staff.
as it stands now we have:
Morales/RDLR/Tazawa/Aceves/Webster/Wright who can step in in the event someone goes down.
no one is taking lackey, it seems the sox aren't parting with Lester or we would have had Will Myers, Can't trade Dempster just yet. So that really just leaves Doobie/Morales and Buch who are tradable.
Morales and Doubront are young lefties with good stuff and lots of potential. If we're willing to part with some better prospects and/or Salty + Jacoby we can certainly come away with a modest upgrade. If Doubront is traded then his replacement just slots into his spot in the rotation. If Morales is traded then Doobie is moved into the pen as the long man/spot starter.
Buch is the least likely to be traded of the 3. We should only trade him if we are getting an ace in return. Since teams are unwilling to part with their ToR pitchers this lessens the chance a deal is out there for an upgrade over Buch. Unless we are really going to blow an opposing GM away with an offer of Buch, Jacoby, XB + others (maybe WMB??)