Posted by expitch
Due too the injuries to Crawford and Ellsbury. The OF situation is not unlike the current state of both our starting rotation and to a lessor degree the bullpen (Bailey). Injuries have forced the Sox to deploy players that would otherwise be serving uitlity or organizational depth roles. My guess is that if Ells & Craford were healthy then Ross and Sweeney would serve as a lefty righty platoon in RF with MacDonald and Repko serving as organizational depth with one or the other in AAA. If Kalish were healthy entering this season, who knows maybe Sweeney's not even on the roster...
In fairness to Cherington, not sure that he or any other GM could have built a roster deep enough to overcome the loss of 2/3rd's of your starting outfield and your closer in the last few weeks of spring training. Along with having some 400 innings and 26M in payroll tied up on the DL (Lackey & Matsusaka). Where would Texas be with Wilson, Lewis, Nathan, Hamilton and Cruz on the DL...Or the Yanks with Kuroda, Nova, Granderson, Swisher and Rivera?
Cleary the Sox need to add another Ofer to the mix due too, not only the loss of Ellsbury's glove but probably more important is his bat. Which will overtime have a negetive impact on the abiltiy to keep guys like Pedrioa and Gonzalez fresh.
The recent demotion of Melancon, along with the loss of Bailey perhaps almost as important is adding another arm to the pen too. My guess is that Cherington is already at work trying to do just that. The issue is, that given the date, most teams aren't in the sell mode. Thus the aquisition of impact players for prospects is difficult. In the end, even those teams that have already resiegned themselves to another season of wait til next year. Won't send up the white flag to thier fan bases in April.
I'm afraid that we all will need to have patience and allow the process to work itself out. The good news is that we still have 150 games to play...I'm pretty certain that today the goal for the team is to keep thier collective heads above water and get through what is also a tough stretch of games to open the season. While Cherington looks for a deal that serves both the short term needs with an eye on the end game...