Re: Michael Morse?
posted at 11/17/2012 2:19 PM EST
In response to MadMc44's comment:
I could actually see a Morse for Ells straight up or with an addition of Lannan and Morse for Ells and possibly Bard/ Miller/Breslow/Hill.
Both Morse and Ells are FA in 2014.
Thinking of John Tomase's article from the other day---sign a group of FA who might want to improve their situation and have in their cotract no offer for Arb for 2014 similar to Carlos Beltran's situation with the Giants. They are 0ne year Mercenaries with the Sox. Overpay for one year--the young kids get an extra year in the minors.
Haren $17 M
Kuroda $17 M
LaRoche $15 M
Soriano $15 M
Trade Bailey, Ells, Lavarnway, Lester, Lackey for a starting SS and another starting pitcher.
LaRoche, Pedroia, Iggy/Ciriaco, Middlebrooks, Swisher, Hamillton, Brentz, Ross, Ortiz DH
Batting Order: Pedroia, Swisher, Hamilton, Ortiz, Middle, LaRoche, Salty, Brentz, Iggy
Rotation: Kuroda, Haren, Buch, Doubie, Holland, Morales.
Pen: Soriano, Melancon, Miller, Rubby, Aceves, Atch, Hill.
Bench: Ciriaco, Salty/ Lavarnway, Gomez
The problem with that article, and Tomase acknowledged it, is that realisticlly, none of those guys will sign a one year contract, except for Kuroda, who's now saying he'd like to pitch closer to his kids who are in grade school in California. Whoever loses out on Greinke between the Dodgers and Angels, will likely pursue Kuroda aggressively, as will the Yankees. The Sox obviously like Kuroda, but if I had to handicap their chances, they'd fall into a 5th type option at best.