Re: Michael Cuddyer
posted at 11/11/2011 11:18 AM EST
In Response to Re: Michael Cuddyer
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Michael Cuddyer : Just for giggles, why NOT take a flyer on Daniel Bard being the closer? Heck, the Sox have finished out of the money for two straight years. I personally would still support the Sox without Jon Papelbon and David Ortiz in the line-up. Heck, Kevin Youkilis is probably a goner too. I say start over. I personally can get behind a team fashioned from Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Marco Scutaro...out with the old and in with the new. We would get prospects for Ortiz and Papelbon. Figuring out what to do with the "attitudes" and "grown a$$" men in the starting roatation? I'll leave that to Ben Cherington. Good luck with that Ben!
Posted by WesternOregon[/QUOTE]
I am certainly not against letting Papelbon walk and giving Bard a shot. nor am I setadfast that they must re-sign Ortiz. By the same token as the price having to be right to sign Cuddyer, the price has to be right to re-sign either of these guys. And neither is absolutely indispensable. But I do think that Papelbon is worth throwing some serious money at. What he does, and not in Sand Diego or Kansas City or something ... in Boston! ... is rare. Not to be underestimated. But, alas, his demands may be astronomical, and we already have a cheap B+ option waiting in the wings. Papi i want to see signed because a. he is a really good DH and still an integral element of this dynamic offense, and b. I am helplessly sentimental and, for everything he has done, I really want him to retire a Red stocking. Not sure what the price tage is on that.
As for Youk, I want to give him this year. Last year was a big warning flag, but I don't count 2010 as some sort of sign of health problems as many do. It was a freak accident in the same way Ellsbury's was. I want to see if he can stay healthy this year. If he can, he is the centerpiece of this line-up. Even last year, not his best even before the injury, he made this line-up go. IMO, the decline of the bats in late summer was directly tied to Youkilous' DL time. Gonzalez didn't see a good pitch from August on. Youkilous (healthy) is still seriously underrated. His grinding is A+. This, to me, earns him this year to see what is what health-wise. Not to mention, his value as a trade centerpiece right now gets the Red Sox not much in return. Who, in their right mind, would give up a top starter or whatever for a health risk? No one. I think these trade scenarios featuring Youk and prospects are crazy.