27 Jul 2012
With the trade deadline fast approaching the Red Sox need to decide whether to be buyers or sellers. Like the Globe’s Nick Cafardo, I think they have no choice but to be sellers. As Cafardo points out, the Red Sox haven’t been to the postseason since 2008 and the roster as configured just isn’t working.
This makes Ben Cherington’s declaration that the Red Sox aren’t giving up so frustrating. This is a sub .500 team and while I don’t think a “blow it up” scenario is necessary, a “shake it up” scenario is necessary.
At all costs, I’d rid myself of Josh Beckett. There isn’t much market for Beckett, so he’d be a swap of bad salaries or they’d have to eat much of his salary, kind of like they did with Youkilis, oh, and Lugo and Renteria and the list goes on.
Also, what roles do Daniel Nava and Ryan Sweeney serve at this point? With Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and Cody Ross penciled in, Nava and Sweeney are spare parts.
Kelly Shopach has performed very nicely but with only a one year deal, serves no purpose. Ryan Lavarnway is a more than capable replacement.
I’d hang onto Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.
As for Crawford, I’d move him in a heartbeat but there really is no imaginable scenario where the Red Sox can move him without eating most if not all of the salary. It’s a shame.
This team is going no where fast and hasn’t show even slightest ability to dominate. Mix it up Ben and show us you have courage.
On another note, where has the OBP gone? The Red Sox are 11th in MLB in OBP with a .325. Starting ss is below .300 as is Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Adrian Gonzalez is at .333, an embarrassingly low number for a player of his calibre. Even more reaso to shake things up.