I have been a diehard sox fan all my life, and I can honestly say right now, that I can't wait for this season to end.I couldn't tell you anything about the pennant races. With that said, I'm looking forward to this offseason. So what to do? I think we have some talent in our minor league system, but they are a year or so away. Bogarts, Bradley, Barnes Ranaudo, and Brentz. I don't know if Webster or De La Rosa will be ready this year or not. I think 2013 will be a bridge year. My thoughts:
I still like Lester and Buch - but one of them needs to step up to be the #1 or we need to acquire one. If we acquire one, every team will be asking for the farm. Do we risk this? or do we go the FA route and go after say an Edwin Jackson, or a James "big game" Shields? or even a Kuoroda. I would love to acquire Anderson from the A's but he comes with a steep cost of rookies. I say we bridge the gap, get someone for 2 or 3 years. I like Shields as he is AL East tested but can we get him for say 3/yr 33M?
Get rid of Aceves and Melancon. I think Bard is messed up, Ankiel style that is, so is he salvageable? I think so, he just needs some confidence
Bard, Achison, Miller, Morales, Tazawa, Hill, Breslow, Mortenson and Carpenter
Maybe use one of the lefty's as trade bait for a right hand arm in the pen?
C) Lav or Salty
1B: ????? -what to do? We have Gomez, but he's not the solution. I'd love to see us go after David Wright (him or WMB move to 1b) is he becomes a FA as there is a club option, or maybe Nick Swisher.
2b) Pedey - he is solid. Make him the Captain?
SS) Iglesias great glove - but can he hit? What about going all in with Bogarts?
OF) Ellsbury - he's on his last arb - he needs a big year for a big contract.
OF) resign Ross! He has been great - plus he is a right handed bat
OF) Nava/Kalish/Sweeney/Sands - not great choices here. Can the Sox get greedy at get Swisher and Wright?
DH) Resign Papi - give him a 2 year 28M contract. Let him finish his career in Boston.
Bench: I love Aviles keep him as he is versatile
Brett Anderson: doubt the A's will trade him, but would a package of Kalsih, Iglesias, Workman, Duobront and Cecchini get it done?
J Upton -a similar package from above get this done? Or do we move Ellsbury with a prospect for him?
My dream starting lineup for next year:
1b) David Wright
SS) Bogarts (roll the dice)