In response to moonslav59's comment:
I'm not sure about his intangibles as a catcher, but I would rather have him than Salty. The problem is, he may cost 3 times what Salty costs and want a year or two too many on his "big deal".
We need to fill 5 big slots this winter:
1) SS (Boggy?)
2) 3B (Middy/Cecchi?)
3) 1B (Carp/Nava/Papi?)
4) CF (JBJ/Victorino with Nava/Brentz in RF?)
5) Closer (Uehara/Bailey/Dempster/Villareal/other?)
If we intend to stay under the luxury tax limit, we will only have about $32M to spend, assuming we take Lester's option. That's not much to sign McCann and a couple other guys.
I'd love to see some of our young catching talent come up for a look, sooner rather than later. That might answer a few questions for us.
I wish we could somehow bring up a number of our young guys to play against Houston. If they can't hit Houston you know they need more seasoning in Pawtucket.
You really think a 3 game series sample size would have any meaning?
Even a couple of weeks would tell very little.
What FA pitching is going to be available this fall? If Lester starts looking like a BOTR pitcher, maybe you combine that 13 million with some spare change and go after FA?
There is a $13M team option with a $.25ZM buyout. If we let Lester go, we'll have about $45M to spend. If we keep him, we will have about $32M to spend and stay below the luxury tax limit. We could also take the option then trade him.
There's enough money to sign a FA pitcher, but we also have 6 big openings to fill:
My guess is that Lester or no Lester, we won't sign a FA SP this winter.
Dempster's last start was a stinker, and he may be tiring at this point in the season, but he actually has put us in a position to win a lot more games than he's given credit for. Maybe we pick up some of his salary and include him in some kind of deal for needed pieces.
If some pitcher would become available late, maybe he'd pass thru waivers and we could even do a deal this year??
Doubtful. Some team below us would snag him up.
Maybe we work some multi-player deal for a MOTR starter, or maybe Webster gets better command of the fastball, or Wright has some good outings ...
We have good pitching prospect depth going forward and I can't wait to see how some of these guys pan out. Gonna be an interesting rest of the season!