Gammons and Edes. Non-Insider. Go.
Besides Bay, will the Red Sox add another big bat?
Gammons: Other than left field, I do believe they’ll dabble in the bat world, depending on what they think they’re hearing on the health of David Ortiz and Mike Lowell. There has been talk of moving Lowell to first and Kevin Youkilis to third, which would take pressure off Lowell, although he could be better physically 18 months off the hip surgery. They may go for a right-handed bat who can play center and right, and Florida’s Cody Ross has long intrigued them; if the Marlins would do Ross-Manny Delcarmen (whom they tried to get in July) swap, that could be a possibility.
Edes: For 2010, I believe the extra offense is projected to come from a full season of Victor Martinez, a healthier Mike Lowell and a bounce-back season from David Ortiz. The improvement otherwise will come incrementally, in pieces like Hermida.
Do you expect the Red Sox to add a starting pitcher in free agency? What’s your projected rotation for next season?
Gammons: A rotation of Beckett, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield should open the season, barring a deal. I do think they’ll make runs at Ben Sheets and Rich Harden, and they will closely monitor Junichi Tazawa and Michael Bowden in spring training to see if they’ve made improvements. Epstein is going to sit down with Kelly in the next month and make it clear they want him to pitch, and the way he is growing—they think he’s going to be 6-foot-4 and grow into a power pitcher with exceptional feel and command—he could be in Boston by the end of the 2010 season. They think they will not be the high bidders on Aroldis Chapman but made a strong push for Boston being the place where he would want to locate. He would be given a lot of time ... or eventually be a closer.
Edes: Their track record would almost certainly suggest another low-risk, potentially high-reward move like they’ve made in the past with John Smoltz and Brad Penny, Curt Schilling and Bartolo Colon. Harden would seem to fit the profile, albeit a more expensive fit. The rotation is Lester, Beckett, Matsuzaka, Buchholz and Wakefield, with a supplemental piece or two.
Posted: November 20, 2009 at 02:47 PM | 34 comment(s)
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