Re: Unresolved roster issues
posted at 12/16/2012 2:49 AM EST
In response to Alibiike's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
In response to jb12bb's comment:
With the Napoli deal on hold, there is a big gap at 1B. I think regardless of Napoli, the RS need to go after Swisher. He can fill in at RF, LF and 1B. He provides the end of the lineup pop they are missing at the moment.
Another issue is the lack of depth in the rotation at the ML level. I am not convinced that Dempster, Lackey, Dubront is a suitable end of the rotation. They need to get another innings eater so the bullpen doesnt have to be taxed by June.
Morales and Acevas are not starters who can give you 175 innings. The RS would be foolish to start the year with that rotation.
The lineup is thin at the end with Iglesias being a light hitting defensive minded SS. I still like the idea of Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Masterson on the 2013 RS. I would not trade Barnes or Webster, but Ranaudo is dealable. Cleveland needs OF help, Kalish is expendable or maybe Brentz.
I was a big Swisher advocate before there were any signings. But I have moved on.
But really, the Sox should just mov Napoli back to catcher. If Ross is more than a backup as advertised, and Napolis is to catch some, how many games are left for Saltalamacchia? Have Ross catch 60-70 and Napoli catch 90-100.
Move Saltalamacchia for an upgrade for LF vs. RHP. Three LHH outfielders who all hit RHP very well are Seth Smith, David Murphy, and David DeJesus. All three are on teams with question marks at catcher. Will Venable is another option, but SD seems OK behind the plate.
Sign Lance Berkman to play 1B when Napoli is catching. Hey, no one else has snapped him up yet. Do people not realize how awesome he really is as a hitter? OK, he is a little old now, and coming off an injury.
Funny, when I suggested Berkman, I was laughed at and called clueless. That he wold be on the DL all time. I pointed out that he averaged 144 games in his full seasons. He has bad knees but can still mash
I usually dismissed other people suggesting Berkman, not so much because he was a bad idea, but I really figured the Houston area native, Rice alum and long time Astro would be heading back there now that they need a DH. He still might, but every day it looks less likely...