Re: What is your 2012 Projected lineup/starters?
posted at 9/16/2011 11:13 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What is your 2012 Projected lineup/starters?
[QUOTE]Well, we all know that Boston will try as hard as they can to get Sabathia or drive the price up as high as they can to make the Yankees to keep him for 10 years. Reason Boston wanted him is to weaken the Yankees's starting rotation. If not, hopefully Sabathia goes to another team. We will all wait and see if CC is going to opt out!! With all the silly dream line up above, it is not going to happen. If I am the GM. I wouldnt try to sign anyone for more than 3 to 4 years except for a starting pitcher and Pujols. Cuz all of them are mostly not worthly players to sign. 75% of these free agents are mostly busted!! Also forget Fielder. Boston is already too left handed, and I just do not think he would fit into the line up eventhough Papi had a good year. Need to go back to lefty and righty middle line up like Manny/Papi back in old days. 1. Best bargin free agent pitchers (starter) are Paul Maholm of Pitt., CJ Wilson, and Edwin Jackson. They are all health free pitchers in past many years. If they are not available including Sabathia, dont bother to sign any starter except maybe Bedard. Cuz most of them are busted and are injured proned players. Plan B is to make a block buster trade such as to get Felix. 2. Bullpen: That is the tricky one. Cuz alot of teams have signed many bullpen pitchers in past many years, and 75% of them are busted including Boston's. Since I looked at these free agent listing for bullpen, there are quite few talents, but I know they may be asking too much money/too many years while there are other talents, but they have history of injuries. I would just skip this topic. By the way, I seriously would keep Papelbon. Bard/Papelbon combination are one of the top 5 best in baseball. Dont break them up. 3. Best bargin free agent RF's are Josh Willingham and Michael Cuddyer, and just sign either one for only one to two years contract. Boston isnt going to try to find new RF and sign him a 5 years contract because I just think Boston just hope that either Kalish or Reddick or Lin or Westmoreland can be ready to play during the 2013 or 2014 season. Plan B, maybe make a trade, but dont give up too many prospects. 4. There are no best bargin free agent SS other than injured proned Reyes out there. I think best solution is to resign Scutaro or pick up his option contract for another year. Hopefully Iglesias or other young future SS can be ready to play every day major league level as a SS during 2013 or 2014 season. I know Iglesias is ready to play as a defensive SS, but he is still struggling with his hitting part. 5. DH - I think Boston should strongly go after Pujols. He is a perfect fit right handed hitter protecting A-Gonz. I just think that Papi is now going to go on a decline due he seem he is now becoming an injured proned player. Look at him now, foot/back problem as well last two years, he had a wrist problem. If Pujols would love to play for Boston, take him. But if he rather to play 1B, let him to sign elsewhere. Plan B - resign Papi for one year only.
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3. Cuddyer and Willingham have not done much to prove themselves as good ideas for a team that keeps having injury trouble. Also, Cuddyer is very prone to bad years and Willingham is to slow for RF at Fenway, and an overall horrific defensive OF. The smart move is to go after Cody Ross (career .912 OPS vs. LHP) and platoon him with Reddick or Kalish. Unlike the relatively expensive Willingham or Cuddyer, Ross should be much cheaper and is capable of playing all three OF positions well.
4. If Reyes is looking for Crawford money, I don’t see how that makes him a “bargain.” (I am not so sure you are using the word you want to use here.) If the Sox want a stopgap bargain until they are ready to promote Iglesias, the best free agent option is Ramon Santiago, who is a career .260 hitter and above-average defensive shortstop, and will likely cost very little. Clint Barmes is another one with good defense and surprising offensive pop, although is BA and OBP usually leave a lot to be desired. I could see the Sox exercising Scutaro’s option, as well, but I don’t think they should. The chances that Santiago costs anywhere near the value of Scutaro’s option are non-existent. And even if Santiago struggles, the Sox still have Aviles and Lowrie.
5. Pujols is a pipe dream, especially if he does not even want to DH. He also is going to command ridiculous cash. A smarter move would be to simply slide Youkilis into DH, since he is barely holding up at 3B this year, and next year will be coming off surgery. There is not much for 3B on the FA market except the 33yo Aramis Ramirez, who is clearly in decline, but still likely to command mega-millions for too many years. A smarter bargain might be Aaron Hill, who can play third, is a solid defender, and has hit .302 / .350 / .497 at Fenway in his career. He is a line drive pull hitter by nature, and could make very good use of the Monster. If any name from your list happens, it might be Willingham at DH. He has the OBP skills the FO likes, and is a solid RH pull hitter, and the Sox have tried to get him before.