Re: Red Sox non-waiver deadline July 31st rumors
posted at 7/26/2013 10:51 AM EDT
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Hardly anyone agreed last winter that we needed to beef up the rotation from the top or near the top.
Our best chance to improve this month is to build up the pen and find a 3Bman who can hit lefties very well. I wouldn't give up more than rule 5 border players for either.
People though we needed to "beef up" the rotation. Problem was there wasnt a lot of attractive names that fit into the Sox plan that we could, or should have got.
Im also thinking maybe another pen arm, but I also believe they have what they need there internally. People get all gaga over a name like Crain, when realistically its middle relief, and we probably have just as good options in house.
I dont think Young is the answer at 3b, and certainly not A. Ramirez. There arent many other options that I can see there, so Id pass. Teams are looking for way too much in return so Id just hang tight til the final hour to see if some prices come down. Im sure BC & Co. are checking in with everyone.
Hardly anyone thought our rotation was even close to a top priority. Most felt we were "deep" enough to absorb any injury or unexpected decline, or they liked our pitching prospects so much that they did not want to spend big or trade top prospects to get a 1 or 2 slot SP.
I was not for spending on a big named FA SP, but did mention that A Sanchez was the best of the group and would have been a better signing than the combined contracts of Drew, SV, Dempster, and Ross. It's always a gamble to trade for a SP or sign marginal top pitchers as FAs, and many of my suggested targets have not faired well this season so far (see B Anderson and B McCarthy), but my point here is that trying to obtain a SP is usually less costly during the winter than at the deadline. "Beefing up" the rotation in the winter makes more sense to me. We can always trade excess at the deadline and get a nice return then, if everything works out well.
The relatively less costly acquisitions made at the deadline will be 3B or the pen- not a solid SP.
Actually, although a TOTR starter is always coveted, our Roration has absorbed injuries and undeperformance this year to our top 2 pitchers. Weve also shown our depth with our prospects stepping up. So even though a good starter is always a +, I think both sides of that arguement were right.
I agree with pretty much everything here.
TOTR starter may have been "coveted", but not many felt it was one of our top winter priorities after we signed Dempster.
I remember after I made the statement that the chances were at most 50% that Lester and Buch would stay healthy and pitch well all year long, I heard these responses:
1) If they don't both pitch well, we have no chance anyways.
2) We have guys like Lackey, Dempster and Doubront, and one can step it up to take their place.
3) We have a strong depth at SP of Aceves, Tazawa, Mortensen, Webster, DLR, and other prospects that need to get a chance to show they are ML ready.
Almost nobody felt getting another solid SP was a top priority, or they felt the cost was too high and may have kept us from filling other high need areas. Most posters were more worried about our offense and the possibilities of injury or decline by players like Papi, Ellsbury, Drew, SV, Salty, and more. Others felt we had no chance, unless we picked up a solid RH'd middle of the order hitter as our top priority.