Well, it’s been almost a month since the Red Sox lost game 7 of the ALCS to the damn Tampa Bay Rays. I think it’s finally time to come out from the dark recesses of headquarters, dust myself off, and talk about what I think Boston needs to do to improve their team.

This is a pivotal offseason for the Red Sox. There are some glaring holes in the Sox lineup that need to be filled. If this team remains unchanged, they’ll be watching the playoffs on television in 2009.

There’s going to be a lot of Hot Stove activity going on in the next couple of weeks. The damn Yankees have $90 million coming off their books and are eager spend to improve their poor pitching, and like it or not, the Rays are going to be here for a while. If Tampa acquires a legitimate closer and a quality right fielder they’re going to be dangerous. The American League East is no longer a two-horse race.

So if I were Theo Epstein, this is what I would do, in order of importance.

1. Sign Mark Texiera.

Tex would tear up Fenway Park offensively and play Gold Glove-caliber defense at first base. This MUST be done! A switch-hitting. perennial All-Star first baseman does not become available very often. As an added bonus, Tex is a free agent, so it wouldn’t cost Boston any of its young talent to acquire him.

Of course, this means Kevin Youkilis is moved to third base, and Mike Lowell is odd man out. I would try to convince a healthy Lowell to learn how to play first base and become Boston’s super-sub. With Lowell playing a mix of first, third and DH, he could prove to the rest of the league that he is healthy, and improve his stock for a trade. (Minnesota and the White Sox need a third baseman). It wouldn’t be the most popular move in Boston, since Lowell is such a class act, but we are here to win ball games. Get out your checkbook, Theo, and make it happen.

2. Derek Lowe makes his triumphant return to Boston.

Lowe is the type of sinker-ball-throwing, ground-ball-inducing pitcher that is tailor-made for Fenway Park. He’s proven to come up huge in big games, as in the 2004 playoffs, when he won the deciding game in all three playoff series. Not to mention, he wants to pitch in Boston again. He may even give Theo a discount.

I look forward to a rotation of Beckett, Lester, Dice K, Lowe, and Wakefield. This would keep Justin Masterson in the bullpen to help solidify the 7th and 8th innings before turning it over to Papelbon.

3. Deal a solid pitching prospect, namely Michael Bowden or Clay Buchholz, for either of Texas’s catchers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Taylor Teagarden.

They each have different strengths: Salty is still a raw talent that hits pretty well but needs to improve defensively. Teagarden is a solid defensive catcher with a laser-rocket arm, and he has the potential to put up some big power numbers. What they have in common is that they both are ready to be a starting catcher in the majors.

I’m starting to lean towards a  Buchholz for Teagarden deal, but either way it’s an upgrade of the aging Varitek. Thanks for all of your hard work, ‘Tek. We’ll see you at Jason Varitek Appreciation day.

4. Trade Julio Lugo for a bucket of used baseballs.

Jed Lowrie is ready to be the everyday shortstop. Lugo sucks. Find some sucker GM to take him off our hands.

It almost seems too easy to improve this team. If Boston makes these moves, you can go and get the champagne on ice. If not, it may be a long season.

70 Responses to “Changes”

  1. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    I have an email alert being sent to me by CBS when the free leagues open up.

    The pay leagues are available currently though.
    (the advantages are listed on the page to having a pay league, it allows the league to determine cirtain things like if its a keeper league, and such.)

    All I can say is that the league is going to have a huge shake up come draft day…..


  2. Dave Says:

    Commish (AKA M3)
    There are a few certainties in this crazy, mixed up world of ours: Obama will definitely be better than W, A-Rod will continue to choke when it matters most, Rays fans will have a mass exodus off the bandwagon ( Dan excluded), Dylan will draft 7 shortstops, and I will dominate the 2nd annual Fantasy Baseball league.
    After last years embarrassing loss in the finals, I have spent every waking hour preparing for this upcoming draft. and there are not enough McLaughlins in Port Charlotte to stop the storm that is on the way.
    So yes… I am in.
    Let the trash-talking begin.

    Dave ” Team YankeeRayHater 2009 Fantasy Champion” Ingalls

    M3- you need to elaborate on the huge shakeup…you have piqued my interest.

  3. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    By shakeups I mean your not going to have the entire AL Allstar Starting Lineup, and my Dad is not going to be able to get away with flying from the seat of his pants in regards to his pitching staff.

    There is no change to the league format because it worked very effectively.

    Unless people have suggestions, Ill see what I can do in regards to them.

    Matt ” Start thinking about your team names now…” McLaughlin

  4. boston badboys Says:


  5. Dave Says:

    There is no way to stop my onslaught of savvy team-improving moves- you can only hope to contain it. Once again this year I’ll be playing chess, while the rest of you are playing checkers…

    Can you tell that Ive missed the trash talking??

    Dave ” Matt, Dave, and Dan Mc…Are going down” Ingalls

  6. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    I love that your sole mission in this is to get the Mclaughlins.

    Im going to laugh when Danny sweeps you. *first bold and unfounded prediction of the season*

    Here are a few things Im pretty sure I DO know….

    -I think Dylan should draft Manny in his current state. If he signs drop him.
    -Daddy Ingalls should draft the entire Milwaulkee Brewers Roster under the pretences that “ESPN says they are the team to watch”
    -Kerry Wood will go #2 in the draft, behind Kevin Kash.
    -Dave will have A.J. Burnett on his opening roster, only to make trade offers in the first 24 hrs for both CC and Teixiera.
    -The Boston Braves will only draft the mininmal amount of pitchers nessisary, only in rounds 17-22, only to drop 4 out of the 5 to pick up guys that are ranked 500 or above AND only for a week.
    -This years version of the Showstoppers (team name to change) will once again be the streakiest team in the league, going 2-5 in the first 7, only to win 9 straight, and split the last 4, 2-2.
    -Ginger will once again hand our butts to us at the most inconvienient time. By this, you need a win to get into the playoffs, your pumped for next week, and you look at the schedule and get white in the face. You are playing LBC and she is favored by 50 pts. This will be a BAAAD week and ROUGH end to the season.
    -There will be MANY more Rays players taken in the first 5 rounds simply because Dan will be in the draft taking at least 3-4 himself.

    And as for the Chess to Checkers comment, both games have Kings, both are played on the same board AND checkers has better french fries at the trop.

    Matt “can you tell im ready?” McLaughlin

  7. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    btw, 17 days until the first wave of P&C’s report to Spring Training. Official Start of the 2009 MLB season.



  9. Anonymous Says:

    20 days until The Red Sox grace the presence of beautiful down town Port Charlotte. I couldn’t be more excited.

    Dylan ” I couldn’t care any less about the Pro Bow” Hamilton

  10. OLDMAN RIVER Says:

    OLDMAN RIVER. Here in a few weeks we will be dusting off our bats,cleaning up our uniforms laying down the baselines.getting our stuff clean and ready to go (remember Matt Mc the jock does not go out side the pants) Throwing the ball around,going down to the corner store and buy some new baseball cards.(I always hoped for a TED WILLIAMS CARD)If you got a Yankee player you put itin the spokes of you bike with clothes pin .It m ade great sound . Pack a peanutbutter sandwitch and play all day.NO DRUGS AND WHO THE HELL IS WORTH 25 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR..??????Boy I feelbetter.. Manny and A-rod… both suck.. PLAY BALL HAVE FUN……WHEN DOES FANTASY START? pudding nite at the home!!:}

  11. Dan Says:

    anybody excited yet?

    BASEBALL SEASON IS STARTING SOON! the war the AL East! Tampa Bay, Boston, and New York! its gonna be great.

    anybody excited?

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Peter Gamons was in Port Charlotte Yesterday……I’m excited about that

  13. Dave Says:

    Dan the #1 Rays fan,

    Thanks for checking in. I am really excited about this baseball season!! I plan on attending some games and dusting off the keyboard to do some writing. It’s nice to be 15 minutes away from the Rays new Spring Training home. Even if it is the Rays. Any baseball is good baseball.
    Stay tuned,we have the Fantasy league, an exciting AL East battle and endless amounts of trash talk in our very near future. Man, I am glad baseball is back

  14. OLDMAN RIVER Says:


  15. Dan Says:

    The rays new spring home is two hours away from me now instead of 20 minutes, you should be happy, because the rays moved, you get to see the best team in the AL in action!

  16. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Welcome to trash talking 2009 Dan I will be excited to see the best team in the AL in Port Charlotte when Boston comes to town. I really appreciate that thought. Spanky the Yankees still suck and A-Rod for once has done something good for the game by being honest. He got a raw deal and I hope he sues the ass of the people who released his name only to the media. Old man Rivers you can have Yaz even in his triple crown year he only batted 306. Dave when does your dream end the first day of the season. I fear your wifes team more then I fear you… Daddy Ingalls we need to teach these kids some respect. Dylan Manny will be available to sell pop corn in LA Boston Badboys no excuses about your password the old guys of the league like Daddy Ingalls and I remembered ours. Dave by the way I had my shirt modified with the word Champion on it. It looks real good. I had 2008 put on it and left room fro 2009 as well.

    Boston Braves 2008 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I will have no name change this year Matt

  17. Dave Says:

    Dave Mc,
    I must say I am a little disappointed in your last post. I think in your old age you may be getting a bit confused. First of all, don’t get sucked in on A-rod’s “honesty” this guy disgraced himself and the game of baseball. The only reason that he came clean was to protect his own ass. He didn’t come out on his own, he was exposed. A-Rod cares about himself and nothing else. He’s going to retire without ever winning a World Championship, and is should not be considered for the HOF. He should mentioned in the same breath as other notable cheaters; Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, and Benedict Arnold. With this all being said, if he’s available in the fantasy draft and it’s my pick….it may be a tough decision to not take him. It’s more important to me to beat the McLaughlins this year than to have a damn Yankee on my team. Another thing Dave Mc, even with your stable of McLaughlins supporting your cause, there is no way that I lose to you again. I am more focused and more prepared than ever before. Luca Brasi couldn’t even slow me down right now. And as far as T-shirts go, I’ve also purchased a new shirt this year, but I left room for World Champion 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012…..
    I’m planning to go to the Rays open house tomorrow and check out their new digs. Followed by going to the game Friday with Dylan. I plan on posting something after with some pics.

    It’s nice to hear from you again Dave Mc, thanks for checking in.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    There’s a deep crop of Shortstops out there Boys, and I plan on drafting all of them. I may even swtich some flex guys into the SS spot. Who knows…….

    Dylan ” Time to get out of the real world and start living in the fantasy world” Hamilton

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