Re: Let the fun begin!!! OFFICIAL RED SOX FA THREAD
posted at 11/5/2012 8:38 AM EST
In response to bgomez's comment:
In response to redsoxpride34's comment:
The sox have pretty limited options available in the fa market in terms of batters with the need being corner outfielders and a first basemen. I would give napoli a 2 year deal maybe 3 at 8-10 mill per to play 1B and occasionally catcher and one guy who i wasnt keen on but now like for the outfield is bj upton. yes he did not hit for a high average last year, but he plays above average d and has a strong arm, he has the potential to hit 30+ homers playing in fenway, is younger than most free agent outfielders at age 28, hits doubles and can steal 30-40 bases per year. one thing this team has lacked the last few years is right handed pop. with middlebrooks, napoli, and upton, the sox would be able to do much more damage against lefty pitchers. And there is always the possibility that the sox deal for say justin upton (a target of the sox in the past). So say we acquire justin upton, our line up could be:
in terms of pitchers, the is really only a few guys that would interest me on the free agent market, zach grienke and anibal sanchez.
I doubt the sox sign grienke as much he as would make sense for multiple reasons especially if we are able to move lackeys contract to say the angels.
Sanchez would be a nice middle of the rotation option
doubront/de la rosa
If the sox could sign anibal sanchez(we have the money no doubt), deal lackey(angels have interest), and trade for josh johnson (he is an fa after 2013 season, so price should be more reasonable, that rotation would be pretty good.
No, you gotta have the Upton bros. hitting back to back!!! :)
I agree with most of that, but signing B.J. Upton may be too pricey. He will have many other suitors. Trading for Justin Upton is possible, but they will probably ask for AT LEAST Ellsbury in any deal. Again, for Johnson, the price will be through the roof. We could probably sign two of Sanchez, Haren, Lohse, McCarthy, Baker, and Marcum. I like the Napoli move, though.
Interesting thing, though: the Pirates are calling other teams about a major-league ready catcher. They are apparently shopping Hanrahan. I would be in favor of a Salty-for-Hanrahan deal with Pittsburgh.
as would I, though the Sox would have to sign Napoli or some other parttime catcher. I still think a lockdown bullpen is essential to success, along with a strong starting rotation. A lockdown bullpen (like Baltimore's) makes the rotation better, and gives the offense a chance to get the team back in it. And I do not think the current bullpen was lockdown, at all. Several decent seasons had, but not a sustained run of locking down games long enough for the offense to win it.