Throughout the past few days a lot of things have happened both positive and negatively effecting the Red Sox. Between trades, and rumors or even just the thought of the Winter Meetings.Just this past weekend we have seen four prospects leave, one big bat enter the Red Sox lineup, a high profile free agent’s hopes dismissed, and a player taken off the offer board.
9 players, or the whole system?
Late Friday night, there was a rumor that on an Adrian Gonzalez deal was to be made, one that would have serious consequences such as giving up top prospects. The weekend held, it’s up’s and downs for both the origination and the fans. However, to my readers this is not considered “new”. At the same time, Jayson Werth had signed with the Nationals. The same person who the Red Sox had wanted. What does this mean for the Red Sox, in my opinion, nothing. Except, fans and Epstein should be making arrangements to put/keep Ryan Kalish in center or left. I’ve always thought that we should let the well respected Mike Cameron stay in center for hopefully the whole season, J.D Drew should spend his expected last year in right and Ryan Kalish and Darnell McDonald can share left. You’ll notice the one name I left out of this, Jacoby Ellsberry. If it must happen, let Mike Cameron share the job with Ellsberry. Then, What about Daniel Nava? Spending his year with Pawtucket just because there is no room, I’m positive it’s happened before to players, but just doesn’t seem right? Does he share the time with Drew? It all just seems, we have too many people in the outfield. Why would we want Jayson Werth? I just don’t see it.
What’s happening with the Prospects?
I have spent some time writing up my own reports lately of what I have noticed. Though mostly there about the players who have spent either most or all of their season in Double A Portland I have included some of the bigger names from Pawtucket. With Anthony Rizzo, Casey Kelly, Reymond Fuentes and an unnamed prospect gone off to the San Diego Padres, there are some spots for movement in the minors. Or maybe, just some space for breathing. Last year, there were several movements from Pawtucket which caused movement from Portland to fill the space. I don’t predict nearly as many movements as last year which will put these players more on the spot. They’ll really have to show there true potential in order to see the next level.
Adrian Beltre? Is there still hope?
Since acquiring first basemen Adrian Gonzalez, there is really no place to put this third basemen. Youk can play Third and Gonzalez can fill the first base position. Just minutes after this had happened, it had been reported that Oakland, or the team that had offered Beltre a deal from the beginning had pulled their deal. For the Red Sox, this is not that big of a deal, but what does this mean for Beltre? Was it wrong for him to want to play for the Red Sox and not except other offers until he had his answer. Some might argue that it’s really too bad that Beltre has no other offers on him so far. Or some might argue that Beltre (on the free agent list) should always keep his eyes and mind open for a deal, because there is a chance, (bigger then slight) you will not be going back. With this perfect deal from the Oakland Athletics, it would have given him 3-5 years of playing, which is all Beltre had wanted at the end of the season. But, with him hoping that he would return to Boston with just that amount of time, he would just not accept. This might have been partially Beltre’s fault, although it just shows the organization that Beltre would, if given the offer, been dedicated to Boston. You never know, what if Gonzalez doesn’t adjust?
Situation covered in dirt, or solved?
Will losing Victor Martinez ever come up, as something that happened for a reason? Well, that is not likely. With Martinez gone, and Salty as our starting catcher, everything was in jeopardy not only because of Salty but because we only had one catcher that had the ability to catcher full time, or when needed at a major league level. But, after a little over a week of thinking they might take what they can get, they explored the idea of taking Jason Varitek back for the one year he wanted. They got him. A one year, 2 million dollar deal, not a commitment but a good idea for the 2011 season. He will be the backup catcher and mentor. Not only will the Red Sox be covered but also, the younger catchers including Salty will be trained for the time when their the only catchers behind the plate.