Re: What are some real "Realistic" Trades we can pull off?
posted at 5/12/2012 9:03 AM EDT
In Response to Re: What are some real "Realistic" Trades we can pull off?
[QUOTE]I doubt the Red Sox front office will succumb to pressure to make an immediate trade, but the front office should be laying the groundwork to cover all contingencies. If I were Ben Cherington, I would be on the phone to many teams saying "We hope to get back into contention, but if we don't ..." 1. We could make these players available 2. We would be interested in these players from your team 3. What players could your team make available? and/or 4. Would you have interest in any of our players? Given the current situation, it's better to start the conversation now than to wait until the deadline nears.
Posted by hill55[/QUOTE]
I'm pretty certain that Cherington entered the season with a plan Too include this year with contingency with an eye on 2013 and 2014...The same one that the Sox have followed since Henry and Luccino bought the team.Step 1 Offseason;
to sign and or aquire players to fill a need based on current contracts of the returning players and the make up of the 40 man roster within budgeted guidelines a team that is built or constructed to contend into the future...Step 2 Entering Spring Training;
the goal is to field the best team possible within budgeted guidelines. One capable of contending, with organizational depth both on the 40 man roster and at AAA with an eye on the post season...Step 3 Heading North:
The goal is the break camp with the best 25 guys that in a perfect world would all stay healthy and produce to career norms...Step 4 April and May:
Play ball and see what you've got and begin to put together a to-do list based on 4 key factors...
1) Health and production of the core players.
2) Organizational depth
3) Where are they in relation to the competition.
4) Do they have the resources to aquire the type of players they need...Step 5 June & July;
Based on the above, if you're in contention...begin the process of aquiring players that address a need to bolster the club's chances to stay in the hunt and enter the dog days with the best team at the ready to play your best ball.
Herin lyes the axis on which every team that entered the season with hopes of contending, begin serious talks within. It's during this time that decisions are made that will ulitmately play out and determine who's a buyer, or who's a seller. Sometimes buyers come from teams that might even be looking at aquiring a player that might fit a need the following season. As a rule team looking to part with valuable prospects due so in the interest of winning now...Step 6 August and September; ...
this is when the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders. The pretenders are no longer trying to give the illusion to thier fan base that they're a legit playoff team and thus begin to look at paring payroll....For the contenders, if your core players are healthy and producing, and you find yourself in the mix, adding players to the roster now becomes a game of moneys...Step 7 October Playoff baseball
"Pitching, defense and timely hitting"
is code for
the team that's plays it's best ball 11 more times than it's opponant's. regardless of the collective resumes or payroll, wins the trophy with the shiny flags on it. Every other team save for the runner up, has already begun to look to next year and the cycle starts over again. For the two teams that are fortunate to endure the gauntlet that is a MLB season and make it to the WS...they're offseason is only delayed by a few weeks and begins in earnest once the parades over...