Re: Lock up Ellsbury---NOW
posted at 7/5/2013 12:44 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
Not going to happen. Scott Boras has a big grin these days because Ellsbury's numbers are looking so much better. That big payday is starting look like a reality again. Boras is not going to even consider an extension offer by the Sox unless it's at least $100 million, maybe even more.
Meanwhile Bradley is posting an OPS of .927 for the PawSox. He's your 2014 centre fielder.
The step forward we took this season will probably turn into one step backwards next season if we lose Ells and don't beef up elswhere. I don't see Bradley giving what Ells has for another year or two despite his minor league stats.
I figure we'll have about $44M to spend. We have several areas to upgrade, stay the same (by re-signing our FA to be), or go with youth:
CF: FA or Ellsbury or Bradley or Shane in CF and Nava/Brentz/ other in RF
C: FA or Salty or Ross/Lava/Vazquez
3B: FA or Boagerts/Middlebrooks/Snyder
1B: FA or Napoli or Carp/Nava/Middlebrooks/Snyder (Papi in NL parks)
SP: FA or Lester ($13M option) or Aceves/ Webster/ DLR/Ranaudo
RP: FA or Wilson/DLR/ de la Torre or others
1B,I don't think our team would miss a beat without Nap if Middy can handle it with Carp and Snyder. Salty may be another candidate in the role we got Nap for next season playing both C and 1B if he finishes strong.
3B, Bogy, Snyder and Middy could all share duty there along with anothe utility guy through FA or the farm.
C, Lav, Salty with Ross being traded. We simply don't need Ross anymore, Lav has done a fine job defensively and I still say he will have a higher OBP than Salty in the future. Stop gap until we see what Vasquez ans Swihrat bring to the table.
RF, Victorino, Bradley, Nava, Brentz
CF, Ellsbury 16/18mil as you guys predict and Bradley
LF, With Nava, Brentz and Bradley we could afford to trade Gomes without losing much.
SP, Sign Garza if possible, hes worth more and will give us the consistency Dempster and Doub won't until the kids mature. Trade Demp or doub? Or, move Doub to long relief.
BP, Other than the fact Wilson has yet to give up a HR, I'm not sure why he is even here. Upgrade within the system is all we need
Closer, That's the biggest question!
Options of being the books along with a couple others:
Gomes 5mil, if traded
Dempster 13mil if traded, 13mil could go towards Ells and Garza who are worth the money.
Bailey 4mil if traded
Possible downside of losing Gomes and or Dempster - team chemistry