Re: Reyes to Boston, By Nick Carfado
posted at 7/18/2011 3:01 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Reyes to Boston, By Nick Carfado
[QUOTE]Get a right fielder who bats from the right side of the plate, with power. Everything else is ancillary. They're "good enough" at shortstop to get by. Even if Buchholz doesn't return for awhile, Lester, Beckett, Lackey and Wakefield are, again, "good enough" as a Front 4 of the rotation as long as they keep scoring runs--a situation that would continue unabated if they solve the problem in right field with a right-handed power bat (actually, it solves two problems: right field and their vulnerability against quality left-handed pitching because of the current, heavy LH lean of the lineup). In the post-season most teams ride two starting pitchers anyway. The 2004 Sox rode Schilling and Pedro, and got a shocking, unexpected assist from Derek Lowe. In 2007, they rode Schilling and Beckett, and got a couple of decent starts out of Dice-K. And so having Beckett/Lester as their only "reliable" starters in October is not necessarily a problem, especially given Lackey's wealth of post-season experience, which could be valuable at that time of the year. Get a RH bat with power to play right field, and the team is all set IMO.
Posted by hardright[/QUOTE]
They have the best offense. They have a top defense, despite a lack of range at SS. They have a middle of the road pitching staff(primarily due to injuries), but plenty of pitching depth in the rotation. Tough to pinpoint a single weakness to improve on. SP, SS, RF are the three obvious weaknesses. Lackey's contract makes him impossible to deal, drew is nearly so...although the expiring contract tempers that some. Add to that the Sox depth in outfielders in the minors. Scutaro and Lowrie are both injuried/injury prone, short on range, and just average offensively. Iglesis is top notch deffensively, but no O to speak of yet, making SS probably the Sox greatest organizational weakness.
Now Reyes is a heck of a young player. The cost in prospects only makes sence if there was a reasonable chance to extend him. I would offer iglesis as part of a list of PTBNL, and not allow him to be included unless reyes agreed to an extension, otherwise that player is joe blow from the single A bench. In addition, I would offer them scutaro, lowrie, drew, reddick, bowden, kalish, anderson, and let them pick at least one of drew and scutaro, and 2 of the others.