posted at 10/5/2012 10:37 AM EDT
In response to garyhow's comment:
In response to Bill-806's comment:
Please join me in a very serious BaseBall ONLY thread for 2013....... 1/ You will see a more defined front office with Ben C. being in "charge" of "ALL" BaseBall functions, including the "manager" ......... 2/Bobby V. is gone, between the last 2 days of the season or no later than 2 days after......... It will be an interesting offseason, for sure !!! What say you ?????
Probably the most important off season for Red Sox in 20+ years. Ben C has his work cut out for him and if team struggles anywhere near what it did last year, Ben will be joining Bob V in unemployment line. Lets face it in Theo's time here 90 wins wasn't good enough. Make all the excuses you want that Theo left a mess, its still a bottom line bussiness.
Start w/ Pitching- Ben must come up w/ at least 2 starters. Hope he starts w/ T.B. who reportedly might make Davis Price available because they can not afford him. Also a back of the rotation starter, I was in favor of a Paul Maholm last year. I'm tired of RS trying these guys coming back from injuries [A.Cook/Smoltz/etc....]
Bullpen- Like what I saw from most of bullpen other than closer. Maybe Aceves gets his chance at rotation finally if they choose to keep this loose cannon. Tazawa should he get chance at rotation? after dominating 2nd half in pen. Willing to see what Bailey can do if healthy as closer. Hopefully Bard can regain form as a top set up man, makes pen even stronger.
Infield- Need a 1b. Not in favor of bringing Youk back, think he is done. LaRoche had a good year w/ Ariz. is available [probably not too expensive] or do RS believe 25 yr old Sands acquired from Dodgers can do job, he's put up good numbers at AAA or M.Gomez is ready. Try to give Iggy 1st chance at SS but must show he's able to hit at least .250 w/ 300 obp @ mlb level. Pedroia & Middlebrooks round it out.
Outfield- I move Jacoby to left field, where his week arm doesn't show as much, bring up Jackie Bradley to play CF. Resign Ross to play RF. Hopefully Kalish w/ full off season healthy comes back and pushes for starting job if not starts year as 4th OF. Trade Sweeney for pitching.
DH- given Ortiz gets his 2 years even w/ injury he's earned it.
Overall RS can be back in playoff mix in a hurry if they can shore up rotation. If Price is available have no problems dealing M.Barnes+ to get it done. I don't give big $ to someone like K.Lohse or Josh Hamilton to fill a need its what got RS in touble in 1st place. As for Mgr how about righting a wrong and bringing Francona back, sorry too many big ego's in RS FO to ever admit they were wrong. But biggest thing is health, RS just can't seem to stay healthy. Last year I was all in favor of changing med. staff but this year it seemed even worse. Can they at least diagnose an injury and get a return date for player and get it somewhat close? or is it just bad luck or a bunch of brittle players?
Too many things wrong to even consider you a red sox fan...
Tampa WILL NOT trade Price to Bost
Ross CANNOT play rf
Bradley IS NOT ready yet
Sands and Gomez are AAAA players, that it...The red sox have had one of the top 3 payrolls for many yrs and have been playoff and ws contenders for a lot of those yrs. you gotta have studs ( Pedro, schilling,manny, papi, etc...) and spend for them to be consistent playoff caliber team yrnon and yr out. Hamilton would be a good start if they wanted to compete in 2014 imo