Re: sox to compete in 2013
posted at 10/24/2012 7:29 PM EDT
If we really "compete" in 2013, it will mean we overpaid too many FAs. There' no other way to do it, unless we totally empty the farm via trades.
2013 is not happening, folks. Let's set our sites on 2014 and beyond. Make some trades that improve us in 2013 AND BEYOND, give some kids a chance to prove themselves, and then make some more additions next winter that will position us to seriously compete in 2014 and long afterwards.
If we are not going to compete next season, why would we want to resign Papi? Why not give a young player a chance?
I wont argue against this point, but looking at 2013 as a "bridge year" as I see it, and with so much budget room available, I'm leaning towards wanting to let our biggest legend retire in Boston. Besides, if we sign him for 2 years, he can help us win in 2014.
If the A's and O's could compete this season with the talent they had, its rediculous to think the Sox can't compete in 2013.
Yes, anything can happen. I'm not saying we have a zero chance, but I am looking at a serious chance to win a ring- not squeak into the playoffs and not even make it to the WS. My ideas for building for 2014 and beyond does improve our team for 2013 as well, and gives an outside shot to make the playoffs (like the A's and O's this year).
Here is the team I would put on the field come September. If they play up to their abilities and past performance, to go along with just reasonable luck, they will win the division....
Morneau or Davis
Haren or Sanchez or Peavy
Doubront or DeLaRosa
That team is better on paper then a number of teams that made the playoffs this year. You shouldn't have to give up any major prospects to get those players. The free agents should not cost crazy money. And none of the moves sacrafice the long term stability of growing the team in the future with prospects and young players in 2014.
If we are not competing in 2013, we should not resign Papi.
Napoli will be way overpaid- for way too many years- and is not even close to a sure bet improvement.
How do we get Hart? (What major pieces do we give up?)
This team listed here can compete, but I do not see it as a serious contender. Yes, anyone who makes the playoffs can win it all, but to me, it is not worth holding on to Ellsbury for some sort of all out run at a 2013 ring, when trading him would increase our chances for several years into the future starting in 2014.