i have heard lots of people post as to why the sox shouldnt sign zach grienke, the top pitching free agent this offseason, well here is why I think the sox should sign him.
1) He would only cost money and a 2nd rounder, not a first and supplemental. The sox pick 7th this year (very rare for the sox to pick that high) and as a result our pick is protected. Meaning if we sign grienke, we only have to give up a 2nd rounder.
2) Look at who else is available (or should i say likely available)
Tim Lincecum - down year, era over 5, terrible mechanics and has only pitched in the NL, talk about an ellsbury for linecum deal, seems like alot to give up to me. I expect ells to have a big year this year.
Josh Johnson - good pitcher, an ace when healthy, but that seems to be a big if, i like johnson and would be all for getting him (perhaps we could get him an grienke, who knows) but he is injury prone and would cost a fair amount in terms of prospects.
Matt Garza - the cubs may or may not deal garza, if the price was low i would be interested but i think we need to aim higher, garza is a #2 tops, more a #3. We need an ace
Peavy - older that grienke by 3 years, had a really good year last year, is he an ace? not really at this point, a good number 2 though, would i sign him? ya if the years and dollars a right, but as i said, he is a number 2.
Haren - fairly similar description to peavy, though i believe he is 1 or 2 years older than peavy, as a number 2 haren would be solid, and again if the years and money is right, sure i would take him.
Now for grienke,
he is 28, turning 29, was 15-5 last year, including 6-2 with the angels, pitched to a 3.48 era and recorded 200 k's, whip of 1.20.
Those numbers would look pretty good in the sox rotation.
would be pretty good assuming lackey returns to form. Now if im ben cherington and i really want my team to compete in 2013, i would aim even higher, sign grienke and then trade for josh johnson.
Deal doubront to kc in a deal for hosmer or butler to help out the offense. or send him to florida in the josh johnson deal.
Thats the kind of rotation the sox will need to really compete in the AL east.