|(A. Hernandez Via Dan Roche)|
Thursday, December 8, 2016
|My Buddy Alfredo (FenwayNation Photo)|
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
|Recent 'Panda' Sighting|
Michael Kopech "had to be in the deal" along with Yoan Moncada for the Chris Sale trade to work. This is an interesting insight into the perceived up-side of Kopech—who was averaging 100 MPH at the end of last season. Despite his "temperament" issues, the 20-year old Kopech could turn out to be the more valuable piece in the deal down the road. Last year in A Ball for the Red Sox, Kopech went 4-1, with a 2.08 ERA.
First, the Red Sox have acquired one of the top five available pitchers in all of baseball. The operative word here is 'available'—Clayton Kershaw is not walking through that Red Sox clubhouse door. Sale is pretty damn close talent-wise. By adding Sale to a rotation of David Price, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez, we have one of the top rotations in all of MLB. And, we can afford to trade away one or two of either Drew Pomeranz, Clay Buchholz or Steven Wright. Those three in a weak pitchers' market can fetch added value to address other team needs;
Second, we lose three of our Top Ten organizational prospects—including the best in baseball in Yoan Moncada. Clearly, this is a gamble. If Moncada turns out to be a Robinson Cano-type player (or worse yet, another Mickey Mantle), we will regret this trade. But, honestly, even if that happens, and we win one or two championships with Sale—will you really complain? That said, if Moncada and Michael Kopech quickly transform the South-Siders into World Champs, it will be painful. But, how likely is that, really—particularly as The Pale Hose undergo a complete re-build?;
Third, we get en elite starter for relative chump-change. Sale comes with team-friendly financial terms for the next three years ($12M, $12.5M, $15M), and is still just 27 years-old—right in his prime. Given John Henry's obsession with staying under the luxury tax threshold, this is a big factor;
Fourth, we have to pay the White Sox all $31 million left on Moncada's bonus money. This hurts—but doesn't count against the luxury tax (as we understand it).
All in all, we feel the obvious 'plusses' far outweigh the 'minuses' in this transaction. Good job, Dave Dombrowski!
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Multiple sources now indicate that the Red Sox have signed DH/1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract—pending him passing a physical. This makes three impact deals concluded today by President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. And, silly us, labelled him "Do Nothing Dave" just this morning. Sorry. The 31-year old Moreland is a left-handed bat (something Dombrowski wanted) who can play first-base and DH—giving potential rest to Hanley Ramirez. Moreland does not hit for average anymore (if he ever did). In 2016, he hit just .233—although he did clout 22 HRs and knocked in 60 in 147 games for Texas. He's a career .254 hitter over seven seasons—with a total of 110 HRs. His career OPS is a respectable .754. Moreland was also the Gold Glove winner at first base last year.