Re: Why fix anything?
posted at 7/4/2013 1:42 PM EDT
moonslav likes to make deals because he has a terrific grasp of statistics--not just Sox stats, but stats for practically every player in MLB. He knows who can be bought or traded for and who not. I, on the other hand, know little about available players from other teams, especially those who might be obtainable and might help.
In this particular instance, I would argue ignorance is advantageous because it just might avoid or prevent a trade that looks good but doesn't work or, worse, gives up too much. My argument in the OP is simple: the Sox are playing great right now, and they even have enough depth in their system to replace injuries on the big club. I am arguing, caveat emptor, and to me moonslav is arguing, "I love the action. Let's make some moves. Let's gamble."
So let's take a look at the three big needs moonslav would like to fill come the end of this month.
1. Righty bat for the middle of the order, a guy who can be counted on to smack those lefty pitchers other teams just know can shut down the Sox. My first point is that it can't be happening that often if the Sox have scored more runs than any other team in MLB. My second is that the Sox have two pretty good righty bats, Middelbrooks and Bogaerts, at Pawtucket. One or both might be ready for the big club by the end of the month. My third is that really good righty bats are expensive in salary and in what the Sox would have to give up. A Michael Young might be more readily available, but how can the Sox be sure he will deliver? My fourth would be, who gets dumped from the lineup to make room for Young? Drew?
2. Stud starter like Cliff Lee. Three real problems I see: a) unproven in the AL East and all those DHs; b) huge salary, $25M/year, presumably to replace Doubront or Dempster; c) Philly will want some really good minor talent in return. I think the same arguments can be made for almost any other really good starter out there.
3. Bullpen. I can't disagree. With Hanrahan out and Bailey struggling, it would be nice to get one more really good righty arm. My big concern, however, is what said at the beginning, caveat emptor. Any reliever who is available during the season must be suspect or he wouldn't be available. It's that simple.