Re: Victor & Adrian still tearing it up
posted at 8/25/2014 5:21 PM EDT
In response to rameakap's comment:
The correct move was to keep both these guys after 2010, give up on the Adrian Gonzalez idea (even if the cost in prospects was never that high) and signing an OFer like Jayson Werth instead of Crawford.
Youk would have stayed at 1B and backed up Beltre to keep him rested. VMart could have kept the AB's of Youk, Papi and Tek down while still getting 450-550 himself (and possibly avoiding injury).
The Sox seemed turned off to the Japanese market at that time b/c Dice-K had failed 2 years in a row since his solid 2007-2008 campaigns. However, the fan base was strong there and Kuroda and Uehara were both free agents that same offseason that signed for below market deals. Would have loved to have seen them in Red Sox uniforms.
Drew was in the last year of his deal and Reddick was ready to take over. Going into the 2011 season with this lineup would have been nice:
CF - Ellsbury
2B - Pedroia
1B/C - VMart
DH - Ortiz (some VMart)
3B - Beltre
LF - Werth
RF - Drew/Reddick
1B/C - Youk/Varitek/Salty
SS - Scutaro/Lowrie
A rotation of Beckett-Lester-Buchholz-Kuroda and Lackey
Arthur Rhodes and Uehara could have both been added instead of Bobby Jenks aqnd Wheeler to back Papelbon. Bard wasn't a bust yet but a guy who didn't need to be overworked the way he was. Wake, Tazawa and Morales could have filled out a solid pen.
As long as they stayed away from chicken and beer that team could have won World Series. But oh well. Youk to 3B was a disaster that began his career descending off a cliff, guys who looked right in the pen were busts and obvious Crawford the biggest of all. The help VMart could have provided in keeping 3 positions healthy and Werth/Beltre playing great defense and adding 40 HR's would have been incredible.
Tek and Wake could have retired champions and the team moved on gracefully from Drew, Papelbon, Youk and possibly even Beckett after the season.
It's hard to say what may have happened one way or another guys but always fun to remember what those two brought to the club at the time. Victor had a pretty bad set back for a year but to his credit the guy can hit. Tek was really struggling along with others and Victor gave us some versatility at 1B and C even though people still criticized his D. Go figure with what we have today a few years later but we still got another ring without them. My only point with this thread was the difference between platoon guys, rookies and every day bats that do it day in and day out. Those are the guys you need to pay to keep sometimes like Jon on the pitching front.