Monday, December 16, 2013

Are "The Two Ryans" Headed Out In A Trade?

(Photo By Brita Meng Outzen)
Your 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox (we can't write that enough!) are in pretty good shape financially. They are likely to be under the $189 million luxury tax threshold (unlike The Evil Ones), and even have a little more room to make additional off-season moves. Boston is particularly deep in two spots—major-league level starting pitching and overall organizational catching. They could unload, say, Ryan Dempster and his $13 million salary in a trade for help on the left-side of the infield. With Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront still here (and multiple "kids" near readiness in the minors), this would be a prudent move. Or they could "package" Dempster and Ryan Lavarnway to fetch even bigger prey in a trade. With David Ross and A. J. Pierzynski set for 2014 (and Christian Vasquez, Dan Butler, Blake Swihart and Jon Denney all surging from below), losing Lavarnway would not be a big blow. So, don't be surprised if the champs get even stronger soon via a strategic trade.