The Sox need to make smart offseason moves this year. With so much salary relief from the trade to the Dodgers, we don't have to nickle and dime this year like we did last year. Also, we shouldn't go and throw our money around frivilously (see: Crawford, Lackey). Here are my conventional moves:
Re-sign Ortiz. Give him 2-years and make him happy. He's still Papi when healthy.
Resign Ross. Offer a 3-yr, mid-range money deal. He wants to be here, plays like a dirtdog and hits well at Fenway
Sign Swisher. Great attitude and production. Switch hitter w/ power, dirtdog type. Could fill spot at 1B or OF.
Sign Dan Haren. Solid, productive pitcher. Angels will buy out to renegotiate, but Sox could offer a better deal.
Move Morales into the Rotation. Pitched well in spot starts. Done everything the team asked with a good attitude and decent stuff.
Sign Napoli. Could play 1B. Sox killer. Power RH bat. Hardnosed player
Inquire into V-Mart's status in Detroit. Did well here. Made expendible by production of Young, Cabrera, Fielder and Avila. No spot for him there. Put at 1B. Switch hitter w/ power
Move Aceves. He is becoming too much of a discipline issue for his talent-level. Could be used as part of a package for starting pitching.
Sign Kuroda. Killed us this year. Won't command huge deal. Short years and money. Takes away from Yankees too.
Move Sweeney. Decent depth, not bad bat against righties. However, boneheaded for breaking his hand. Combo him and Aceves, plus prospects for a 3-5 starter type. May stay if Sox move Ellsbury.
What are your thoughts?