IMHO signing Hamilton is exactly what they need to do. Not since Manny Ramirez has a player on the market presented a better fit.
As for starting pitching, signing Hamilton won't prevent them from adding to the rotation if the right profile of player presents itself (think Gavin Flyod for Salty & Kalish or another prospect)...Frankly I don't see starting pitching as a huge need as many on this site are trying to make it appear to be...Lost on all is that with Farrel back in the fold. I see Lester as the primary benefiary of his return and with that said. I'll make a bold prediction that Lester will win 20 plus games and be a legit CY young candidate in 2013. Not sure that anyone was paying attention last year but Morales proved to be worthy of being in the rotation. I also see Doubront taking another step forward under the guidance of Farrel. Lets not forget that we also have Clay Buccholz and Lackey too along with a couple of guy in the system that could play a role in 2013...
Here's what the signing of Hamilton would do for our lineup...add a legit run producing impact bat to the middle of the lineup and if they keep Ells or not...We'd have a line-up on paper capable of scoring close to 850-900 runs.
With Ells & Hamilton (If Ells is traded we move Victorino to the top)...
Flyod (see trade above)...
>Lackey (as organizational depth until he proves himself healthy)...
Make no mistake about it the Sox are a legit middle of the order bat away from being among the best hitting teams in the game. I don't want to dismiss or minimize the need for our starting pitching to step up and pull their fair share of the load. Adding a veteren like Flyod to the mix will certainly bolster our organizational depth but end of the day...Jon Lester has to take the ball every 5 days and pitch with a big game pitchers moxy! If he does I'm pretty confident that the rest of them will do their par and with the depth we have in our pen...if Bailey delivers we'll be in the mix once more!
Very well said Beantowne many people underestimate the importance
of having a strong middle of the order hitting. Hitters that make
pitchers nervous thatcause them to lose their confidense. Remember
2004 and 2007 It was Ortiz and Ramirez.It helps the pitchers tremendously
when they know that big Papi or Hamilton canchange the game with one
swing of the bat. Our pitching can be much better than last
year the resources are there. Many people believed Lester was one
of the best pitchers hewill rebound Clay has elite stuff Lackey was an ace
remember he was pitching hurt. Thatthird and fourth hitter can influnce
lots a things on a team. Henry and co have provedthey will do what it
takes and there is an oportunity to get Hamilton a 5 tool player for
four year contract i would say do it. It's good for the Red Sox and its
good for Hamiltonto get away from Ryan and from the bad memories
of Texas. Heneeds a fresh start. Forthe very list it will frustrate
New york and transform a last place team to a world series