Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Memo To Red Sox GM Ben Cherington: Be Bold!

The last time Ben Cherington rolled the dice with a crappy Red Sox team, he gained a half a billion dollars, two prized pitching prospects and an eventual World Series championship. So, what could possibly deter him from being bold again this year? He's already pared one veteran from the roster in Jake Peavy (and gotten two pretty good pitching prospects back) and he is signalling a willingness to do a wholesale restructuring of this woeful team. From offering up both Jon Lester and John Lackey in trades (as well as his best bullpen lefty in Andrew Miller), BenCher could be setting the stage for something even bigger. Very few players appear safe from this year's purge—only David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli and maybe Clay Buchholz, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Brock Holt, Daniel Nava and Christian Vazquez. In addition to Lackey and Lester, possible other departures are: Jonny Gomes, Mike Carp, Stephen Drew, Koji Uehara, Edward Mujica (if anyone would take him) and David Ross. And, who knows, maybe there's a still Giancarlo Stanton deal to be made. Our advice to Cherington is simple: BE BOLD AGAIN!