Tuesday, November 25, 2014

'Pand-Ley' Mega-Deal Puts Sox Back On Map

Say what you will about the NOG (and we certainly do whenever we get the chance), they were clearly embarrassed enough by 2014 to open their wallets for 2015. With the signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval (let's call it "Pand-Ley" for short), they have re-made their line-up in one fell swoop. Now, the next (and some would argue more important) challenge is putting together a credible starting pitching corp. With a ridiculously crowded outfield (Shane Victorino, Yoenis Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley, Jr.—and now Ramirez), and a bevy of young prospects, Boston should be able to put together a deal for an elite starter (Cole Hamels, Chris Sale, Johnny Cueto). In addition, a final free agent signing of either Jon Lester or James Shields would turn the last-place Sox into the favorites in the AL East. We're already paying the highest ticket prices in baseball—just do it!