Yes it's early and there are moves to be made, but I find it interesting that people want to keep adding at this position and that position. And to impro0ve the team that makes a lot of sense. But numbers do play a part and until the rosters are increased to say 30, there are going to be logjams unless the Red Sox get rid of people.
They generally carry 12 picthers and 13 position players, though sometimes it will be 11 and 14.
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That’s 13. There is talk of bringing in another shortstop, another first baseman and maybe Cody Ross. Something would have to give. If they bring in another IF, do they get rid of Ciriaco or does he become the swing guy for IF and OF, thus making OK to have four OFs. My guess is that Kalish is going to be given a chance to stick and might even platoon to start the season. If they trade Ellsbury, that would open the door for Ross. Nava is expendable and could be stashed at Pawtucket if necessary. That extra first baseman?? Not sure how that would work. Might make sense for one of the others like Gomes or Ross or even Ciriaco to “learn” the position. If they carry 14, they presents the problem of who are the 11 pitchers?
We aren’t even talking about players coming up over the course of the season. How far away is Brentz from getting look in the majors. Linares and Gomez are still around, but I am guessing their age works against them. Bradley and Boegarts probably won’t see the bigs this year, but hey could come up in September and might be ready to roll in 14.
That’s 13, one has to go to get to 12 and if they are looking to find a place for another position player, that means two. Yes thy need to bring in a starter. If that happens then Morales goes to the bullpen, but now someone else has to go. Lackey is going to be on the team, like it or not. They are not going to just give him away until they are convoinced he can’t do it. They certainly need to find out whether surgery made a difference. Get used to him! Doubront is going to be given a chance to see build on last year and they are not going to give up on Lester or Buchholz any time soon. Four are locks. Cpi;d they use someone else? Sure. But are the ones we are talking about an improvement over a guy like Morales. Clearly you want to have 6, 7 or even 8 starter possibilities.
They just got Uehara and people seem to think that was a good move. He’s on the team barring some crazy thing happening. Breslow is set. Tazawa was one of their best pitchers l;ast year and it appears his time has come. I seriously doubt they will throw in the towel on Bailey or Melancon just yet. They need to see what Bailey can do with a clean start and Melancon was pretty good in September. Miller may have turned a corner and found his niche. He certainly looked better last year. Lefties who throw 97-98, you just don’t give away. Plus they have invested a lot in him and I think they want to be beneficiaries if and when he “makes” it. They are not going to give up on Bard just yet. Farrell seems invested in getting him back to being the Bard of two years ago. At 27, you don’t toss him aside. Then there’s Aceves. Sure he may have worn out his welcome, but the fact that they tendered him says they aren’tjust giving him away. Is there a place for him? Not sure. But at the very least trade him.
Someone has to go, some way. But who and how. I think there are fans that would complain no matter who it is. Then don’t forget, there are a couple more not mentioned above, especially Mortenson, who pitched pretty well last year. Also guys like Carpenter and Beato who weren’t given many opportunities. Alex Wilson is another. And at some point, some of the kids will be on their way up. De la Rosa, Workman perhaps this year. Webster, Barnes, Owens and maybe even Renaudo in 14.