The Red Sox have a great farm system right now. With regards to untouchables, these are the three names I have on my list:
1. Xander Bogaerts - This guys should not go anywhere. 20 years old and a line of .279/8HR/24 RBI, .380/.483/.863. Throw in the BB/K ratio of 23/29 and he's a cornerstone for the Red Sox. He compares favorably on the Minor League level to Manny Machado.
2. Henry Owens - His numbers are downright sick. In 104 IP, he's given up 66 hits, and struck out 123 batters. For 9 IP, that is an average of almost 11 K's and less than 5 hits. Yes, he walks a lot of batters, but he just turned 21 and he's a TALL lefty, i.e. Chris Sale.
3. Jackie Bradley - His defense grades at an A, hitting .277 with an OPS above .860 and 31 XBH in 57 games, and he provides insurance in case Ellsbury goes.
4. Garin Cecchini - He has been adjusting quite well to AA. Averaging over .325, and what I like best? Covering both Salem and Portland, he has walked 65 times and struck out 62 times. Wow. An OBA of .426.
In 2015, how would a left side infield of Cecchini (3B) and Bogaerts look?
I would not go after Peavy unless the cost was minimal. I would not go after Cliff Lee unless the Phillies picked up his salary.
Everyone else could be made available.
The rumor at the Cubs game last night is that the Cubs may make Jeff Samardzija available because he rejected an extension by the Cubs. I believe he's under team control for at least another year. He throws hard and he's only 27.
Let Theo take 3-4 of our prospects other than those menioned above.
Renaudo, Middlebrooks, Workman and one of the catchers (Butler/Swihart).