Re: Red Sox Future Outfield?
posted at 8/3/2014 10:05 AM EDT
Why should we expect Sox management to all of a sudden extend Cespedes to 5+ years at his age? We wouldn't even extend Lester.
I think we'll have to give Bogey and/or Owens to get Stanton or up your offer to RDLR. Betts, Middy, Ranaudo and Devers.
Re. extending Cespy--it's pretty early. I would be inclined to extend a position player personally.
I didn't mean right now. Assuming he has a good to great 2015, I am not so sure Sox management will offer the 5+ year deal Cespedes will want and expect. The better the 2015 season- the more he will want and the longer deal he will want. The Sox may not give him the same value his agent tells him other teams will give him as an open mearket FA.
Re: Lester--he's a pitcher and I guess the Sox Management have some guidelines re. pitchers--perhaps it's a general policy for all age 30 and over.
I think it's a general policy based on Crawford's failure. The Pedey extension was so team friendly that it should not be used as an example of a change in team philosophy.
I think a choice has to be made--do you prefer Cespy over Stanton? If Cespy is just as good sign him and save the kids for another trade. In any case Betts and WMB have to be in the lineup almost everyday to get a reading as to what they are capable of and to give other teams a basis for their decisions.
If Cespedes has a good year, I'd like to have both Stanton & Cespedes, but certainly would prefer Stanton, if I had to choose. In theory, we could trade Cespedes for prospects at next year's deadline and trade prospects for Stanton, if we feel we cannot afford both or only want to give one player a 5+ year deal. Since Stanton is much younger, I think Sox management would be willing to give him a 5-7 year extension or maybe more, if he keeps hitting like he is right now.