Reunited and it feels so good

The more things change in Major League Baseball, the more they stay the same. I know that it is still early in the offseason, but I can’t help but to be a little amused that the Yankees and the Red Sox haven’t made any new acquisitions. Both teams have elected to re-sign their own free agents and have resorted to pretty much put the same teams on the field as last season. Are both teams that content with last year’s lineups? Or is the free agent market that inflated with overpriced and overrated talent? Either way, I was expecting both teams to make some upgrades by now.

Looking at both teams, it’s obvious that the Yankees have more holes than the Sox. They have a lousy bullpen that features an overpriced and rapidly declining Mariano Rivera. They have a starting rotation that may be losing Andy Pettitte. Mix in big-game choker Chien-ming Wang and three unproven youngsters in Phillip Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain, and this may be the area of the biggest need for the Evil Empire. I have been impressed the last couple of seasons that the Yankees have given their farm system a chance to develop and have avoided trading these guys. Let’s see if this patience pays off for them. It could be long year (I hope) for the Yankees.

The Red Sox have some holes of their own. Although not as glaring as the Yankees, there are some needs to be addressed. First and foremost, the Red Sox infield appears to be locked in for the next three years. Youk, Pedroia, Lugo, and Lowell have proven that they play great defense and they make each other look better. The outfield of Drew, Ellsbury, and Manny looks good for next year, but this will be without a doubt Manny’s last year in Boston. The Sox are going to have to keep an eye open for someone to replace his offense. I have no idea who this could be, but I’m sure it will be addressed.

The biggest concerns for the Red Sox in 2008 are their bench and backup catcher. There is going to be some major overhaul here. I would keep Alex Cora since he can play several positions, even though he is an offensive liability. I would try to keep Bobby Kielty, since he hit the game winning home run in game four of the World Series, not to mention he is a switch hitter. I would use Coco Crisp to land a quality backup catcher that can learn from Jason Varitek and be his eventual replacement. Gerald Laird of the Rangers is a name that has been mentioned in possible trade for Coco, which I think makes sense for both teams.

Being a Red Sox fan/Yankee hater, I am content with the Red Sox keeping their World Series team together for a chance to defend their title. I am also really happy that the Yankees decided to re-sign perennial loser/team cancer/MVP Alex Rodriquez and keep the rest of the team as it was. This guy has shown that he can lose at every level of baseball. Mix in a lousy bullpen, tax evading shortstop, the league’s highest payroll, and two crazy owners for the price of one, and next year should be no different for New York, as they sit at home watching Boston win another title.

7 Responses to “Reunited and it feels so good”

  1. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Whats up guys, its been a while. Lowell back for 3 more. I like how he took less and fewer years to stay with the Sox. Thats a real player for you. btw, good luck to Gatorz in the Playoffs, Two Championships (Sox and Gatorz) in one year. Good luck guys.

  2. Dave Says:

    Hey M3,
    How’s it going? Any word on moving back up to New England?
    I like that the Sox learned from the mistakes they made after the 2004 WS. Locking up Schill and Lowell was a smart move. I want to see these guys defend their title. What are your thoughts on making a push for Johan Santana?

  3. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Johan is a baller. No one should ever pass up this great lefty talent. Thats probably our only issue in the rotation right now. Lester is good, but Johan is Cy Young good.

    Speaking of going back to New England, I found out LAST night about 2 or so hours after my post that I infact did get into UMass Amherst and that I can start the Spring there in Jan. Im going home guys. lol

  4. Dave Says:

    Congratulations on getting in to UMass. We wish you the best of luck.

    You’re right Johan is a baller, but would you be willing to give up a package that included “Wonderboy” Ellsbury to get him? I’m guessing that a package of Ellsbury, Lester and one more (Craig Hansen??) would get Santana. Is that too much to pay?

  5. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Yes. I feel it is too much, I say we give Drew, Coco, and Lugo PLUS Cash to Minnesota for Johan. Id rather start Keilty in Right than Drew. Im sure we have some other kick ass SS prospect in Pawtucket, Jacoby in CF, things work. Then again, with Beckett – Santana – Schilling – Wakefield – Buchholz… Damn. Personally, Id rather trade Buchholz, Cash and Moss. I like Lester plus he is a lefty. Buchholz is a good rookie prospect.

    Then again, no one saw Theo getting rid of Bronson either.

  6. Dave Says:

    Drew,Lugo and Crisp sounds good in theory, but a small market team like Minnesota would never do it. They would never agree to add 30 million dollars in payroll. Plus, I’m kind of interested in seeing what kind of years Lugo and Drew are going to have in 20008, it has to be better right? I would offer Minnesota Lester, Moss, Craig Hansen and Coco Crisp. I would even pay some of Coco’s remaining salary. The one guy I would label untouchable is Ellsbury. They can have anyone else.

  7. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Good call. Ellsbury being brought up in conversation with Theo this off season should be the following

    Other Teams’ GM-“Soo, what about that Jacoby Ellsbury kid, hes going to be pretty good, he would be a good addition to our team.”

    Theo-” Who? Who is this Jacoby Ellsbury? This kid does sound pretty good maybe we should make a bid at him too.”

    PLAY STUPID. It works. Make the conversation awkward. Its ends faster.

    If Theo trades Jacoby Ellsbury, David Murphy and Kason Gabbard in the same callender year, Im going to be a bit pissed and question what the hell the farm system really is for.

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