Now is the time to go ahead and sign Drew and deal for Stanton.
4. Stanton (LF)
6. Boggy (3B)
8. S Drew
With a top defensive SS and league’s top clean up hitter, the offense and defense would go from second rate to top rate over night. Understanding of course that this is our one shot to deal away some our minor league talent and for the next couple of years we’d have to protect our prospects. Yes, we’ll have to take our chances with the pitching we have. But I think it’s the right thing to do. That’s a very good 1-6 which will be in tact through 2015 and Pedey and Stanton beyond that; which means the deal for Stanton has to give the Sox a chance to give him an extension (and pending a physical of course) – I’m thinking 4 years @ 75 mil to cover his 3 ARB years plus 1st year of FA keeping him through 2018 (he'd still be a FA at age 28 and he is a non-Boras client).
I think a 2 year $21 million deal would get Drew (he gets to play this year @ 7 mil for half a season and next year he gets his guaranteed 14 that he should had taken for this year and if he wants, I will promise not to give him a QO next time)
If you aren't sure of this, all you need to think about is having Grady Sizemore continue as your #5 Hitter. No team in baseball could win with Grady Sizemore as a #5 hitter. (Having said that I'd probably cut bait w/ Gomes since Sizemore can fill in at CF and Carp can fill in at 1B, Gomes only fills one need).
This allows WMB to either be dealt in the Stanton deal or sent down for more seasoning (perhaps learning how to play 1B as a contingency for Naps in a few years). and yes, give Lester that extension now (6/110).
PS - I'd also have Workman move to the pen in AAA and get ready to bring him up and cut bait w/ Mejica