Re: Red Sox in Trouble
posted at 4/25/2014 11:51 AM EDT
In response to Flapjack07's comment:
[QUOTE] Not bad. 3 Minor league Ps, Betts and WMB get it done? Dunno...worth a shot. If so, put Stanton in LF, JBJ in C, Vic in right, Grady backing them all up, put Drew at SS, move X to 3rd...maybe that shakeup works.
In response to andrewmitch's comment:
I think the first thing that needs to be addressed is the defense. Lots of questions.
Is Boeggy a SS or better off at 3B?
Is Middlebrooks good enough at 3B or can he manage LF?
If we aren't going to get a draft pick from Drew and his price has come down, then should we give him a 1 or 2 year deal?
Are we comfortable with what we have behind the plate? When will one of the kids (Vasquez?) be ready?
Then we can deal w/ the pitching: Is there an arm out there we can acquire?
Then I think we may need a bopper: Gomes and Sizemore are nice but I see Left Field as an offensive hole right now.
Good post. Depending on what's going on with Middlebrooks in a few weeks and whether Xander's D shows improvement, I'd definitely revisit Drew if it looks like we're not going to get a draft pick anyway.
With regards to LF and the need for a big bat, I wonder if this will be the year we really make a serious run at Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins are known to like Middlebrooks...we have a glut of pitching in the minors, particularly in Pawtucket...and a kid like Mookie Betts, who is setting Double-A on fire but currently would have nowhere to play in Boston, might make a really attractive centerpiece.
If the poor play of the first few weeks continues, there are steps that could be taken to improve. People shouldn't expect fixes that dramatic to take place in April, however. I really think this team is better than this, and I'm willing to be patient. We're still quite far from Panic Time.