Re: LaRussa as Red Sox manager: Your thoughts?
posted at 10/2/2011 12:58 PM EDT
In Response to Re: LaRussa as Red Sox manager: Your thoughts?
In Response to Re: LaRussa as Red Sox manager: Your thoughts? : Why would either LaRussa or Leyland want to take the job? The money? I doubt it. The challenge? You're dreaming. The Red Sox are a mess. It took years to get that way. It will take time to make it better. Does anybody honestly think that there is anyone who can simply walk in, snap their fingers and fix it? They are both managers of successful franchises and likely to be offered contracts to stay where the are. I'll ask again...Why, why, why would either of these men come to Boston?
Posted by antibody
Fix what? It's aint broken, they just need to retool and get healthy... entering 2012 we have...Starting pitching
...They all have something to prove and will likely have a new pitching coach...
Lester, Buccholz, Beckett, Lackey under contract with a couple of young guns down on the farm, Doubbront, Ranaundo and this years #1 Barnes. we have arms they could help to bolster us and serve as organizational depth..Check the 2012 free agent market there's about 6 to 10 guys that fall under the veteran innings eaters like Edwin Jackson, Aarron Harrang or Hiroki Kuroda sign one or two of them and we'd match up with any rotation...2012 Rotation:
Doubront In the pen
we have Bard, Morales, Albers, Jenks and Aceves all under the teams control with a team option for Wheeler and Miller...plenty to build around...If we sign Papelbon or another of the top closers on the market the pen is a tweak away from being very solid...
the final two spots are anyones guess...Jenks is the WC and whether they chose to pick up Wheelers option (doubtful)....The every day lineup
isn't exactly barren...We still have Ells, Pedrioa and Gonzalez the latter should benefit from an entire offseason to strengthen his shoulder and return to his former 40 homer power in 2012...They along with the hopeful return to form and good health of Crawford and Youk and we have a pretty formidable nucleaus of player in their primes. to buid around...Lets remember that this group led the majors in runs scored this year. Positions of need are C, RF, SS and DH, To that end, @ the catchers position we have Saltalamachia and Lavarnway already under the teams control @ SS we have a team option for Scutaro and Aviles and Lowrie are both arbitration eligable..down on the farm we have Inglesias who's still only 21 but can play SS in the show, the question is can he hit?...Rightfield is where we have our greatest challenge because both of our in house guys profile as 4th outfielders with very similar skillsets (Reddick & Kalish)...The easy fix is to sign one of 3 or 4 guys that fit the profile of a RH bat (Cuddayer, Rivera, Willingham)...
I also could see us letting Papi walk and making a run at Ibaneztype who'd give us a much better option in that he can play 1B and the OF.... or even DeJesus and then we could use the DH as a platoon position (Youk?)...
1B GonzalezRF Cuddayer
DH Ibanez (also play 1B & LF)
Aviles, Lowrie, Kalish, Lavarnway...Iglesias?
I'd be ok with the above squad...