Re: Sox Prospects New Top Prospects List
posted at 10/18/2012 8:49 AM EDT
I'd still like to see us strengthen our farm a little more by trading away virtually all of our 2014 Free agents to be this winter.
I've been contemplating the same idea. I know it wouldn't be very popular at all, but it could effectively give us a farm system as strong as anyone in the majors with the most payroll flexibility as well. What G.M. would not want to be in that kinda scenario???
Other than trading Ellsbury, it's not as drastic as it sounds:
Free Agents after 2013:
Ellsbury, Salty, Breslow, Sweeney, & Hill.
I'd also look to deal most of the FAs-to-be-after 2014:
Bailey (keep?), Aceves, Aviles, Miller, & Morales (keeper).
We could stockpile some very good prospects, some decent ones, and some longshots by trading almost all of these guys. Then, when the right player comes along, we'd be best situated to make the best offer for that key stud starter or hitter.
.If you want to trade your 2014 FA then Lester is the guy that would bring the biggest haul. I mentioned before about moving him, and add a couple of more studs to our farm system, but was shot down. It makes so much sense for more than onereason. First.....Lester will more than likely NOT be here after 2014, and maybe 2013 if he pitches like this yr again, 2nd....it is not a sure bet that he reverts back to 2010 form like so many people suggest. Some team out there would give up a couple of nice prospects for Jon hoping, like most RS fans that he can get back to that 1 or 2 that he was before. I,m guessing he goes 25 - 20 the Nxt 2 yrs then walks and we get nothing. We could trade Lester and replace him easily with a any one of a number of free agents out there, AND NOT forfeit a draft pick. Look at it this way...if we get 2 good prospects, PLUS, get to keep our top ten pick ( that,s 3 more stud prospects added to the top 5 farm system that we have already) and replace Lester by signing Peavy for 2 yrs 35m and they both put up close to the same numbers over those 2 yrs Why wouldn't, you do that? To me, that,s just good business. It,s a no brainier to me
I neglected to mention Lester by mistake, but for the fact that I think he's still a decent number 3 starter with the chance to return back to solid #2 status (or fall to #4 for that matter), I would not deal him unless we get very nice return. I'd much rather have Peavy and Lester than just Peavy and a couple prospects. I think we can build a team to win in 2014, so I'd only trade those FAs-to-be after 2014 who are not intregal parts of our team.
I get your point about getting a couple prospects for Lester, and since we have plenty of cap room, could sign the likes of Peavy or maybe 2 of A. Sanchez, Jackson, or McCarthy to offset the loss of Lester, but we need to strengthen, not stay even with our starting rotation.