Re: Red Sox, Francisco Cordero increase talks...
posted at 12/20/2011 10:11 PM EST
In Response to Re: Red Sox, Francisco Cordero increase talks...
Thanks Moon. I keep forgetting that Buch didn't sign until after the season started (April 11th, now that I look it up again). It's tough to be disappointed with this offseason as a whole when including the AGon and Buch deals. The budget wouldn't even be an issue if it weren't for Lackey and Dice already being out. The Sox are 1 decent pitcher away from making me happy. I'd be ok with a rotation of Beckett, Lester, Buch, (winner of Bard vs Aceves), Andrew Miller knowing that Dice should be back at mid season. Leaving one of Aceves/Bard in the pen, with Bard closing if he isn't in the rotation, otherwise Aceves would fill the same role as last year pitching multiple innings as need. Probably piggybacking on Bard's starts early on. One more proven pitcher would really help though, either resulting in both Bard and Aceves in the pen, or to fill the 7th/8th inning role. What about bringing Wheeler back? I know it'd be nice to get the pick for him, but 1 year, $2M - $3M sounds pretty good right about now (the Sox declined their $3M option on him after the season). He may not be a sexy pick up, but he fits what we need in the pen if Aceves is going to be starting. we've been using 8-10 starters every year. I'm not sure one decent arm will be enough, but if it is a workhorse type, maybe we'll have a relatively injury free year in 2012.
Posted by moonslav59
I get where you're coming from regarding our history of going through SP's and certainly I think we need to build depth via minor league signings as well, but I'm just talking about guys who will put a significant dent in our remaining budget.
The way I see it (at this point in time), the SP depth chart shapes up as:
7) Atchison (in spot start duty, probably just a couple of starts)
9) Duckworth / mid-season acquisition
with Doubront and Bowden in the MLB pen since they're out of options, but if they were to end up in the minors they could be stretched out for emergency depth as well. I'm giving Aceves the nod over Bard because he has a better track record as a starter, although Bard has certainly developed since his disastrous performance in A ball as a starter.
Admittedly, I may be unreasonably high on Miller, but I want to see what he can do given a real oppertunity and I prefer tosee him in the rotation instead of in the pen. He also has incentives based on starts, which I'm taking to mean that the Sox plan to use him in such a role.
If the Sox either shore up the pen to allow Aceves/Bard to stay in the rotation throughout the year or if the Sox can add a starter who will log 140+ IP with a sub 4.50 ERA on the cheap, we should be in decent (although not great) shape.
I'm hesitant to trade away prospects under the new CBA because it's far harder to rebuild a farm system under the new rules with the draft spending cap and the international spending cap.