Re: Peter Abraham on Fixing the Sox for 2013
posted at 8/17/2012 4:26 PM EDT
I agree with these moves. The Beckett and Lackey moves HAVE to be made.
Here are four moves to fix the Red Sox for 2013:
No. 1: Trade Josh Beckett and $20 million of his remaining $31.5 million to the Braves for shortstop pospect Tyler Pastornicky.
I think we can pay less of Beckett's deal than $20M, and we are stacked at SS right now with over 5 good to great prospects, some of which are ready by 2013.
No. 2: Trade Jacoby Ellsbury for a starter. How about Chad Billingsley of the Dodgers? Ellsbury is going to impossible to sign, or exceedingly costly. Get pitching back now before it's too late.
Won't happen. 1 year of control for several years is not something LAD is looking to do.
No. 3: Sign free agent James Shields.
He's not a FA. There's no way TB turns down these options:
13:$9M club option ($1.5M buyout), 14:$12M club option ($1M buyout)
They may trade him, but he will not be a FA. By the way, Tb need a catcher real bad.
No. 4: Release John Lackey. Or trade him for whatever you can get, maybe somebody else's bad contract. Eating $30.50 million would sting. But it would be worth twice as much in positive publicity and send a clear message to the fan base that it's a new era.
"public publicity" never wins any games. Better to let him play some, then try to trade him. Remember, Lackey plays for the league minimum in 2015 due to the injury clause, so his cost is really $30.5M/3. If he shows he can be a decent #4 starter, someone will give us something decent for him if we pay half his deal. We save $15M and get a player in return. Sure b eats cutting him.
This creates a rotation of Lester, Buchholz, Shields, Billingsley and Doubront. Make Franklin Morales a long reliever/spot starter.