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Sunday, October 28, 2012

SoxProspects handicaps trading chips - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN Boston

A realistic assessment of the jewel of the Adrian Gonzalez trade.

Rubby De La Rosa (5)—Trading an advanced high-ceiling pitcher is not something that’s high on Boston’s to-do list—particularly one who hasn’t thrown an inning in the organization to this point. However, the team may have to package those types of prospects to get significant major league value in return. A 23-year-old starter who gained some major league experience in 2011, De La Rosa missed most of the 2012 season rehabbing from August 2011 Tommy John surgery. He throws a plus mid-to-high-90s fastball, a plus changeup, and a fringe-average slider. If he can refine his command and improve secondary pitches, he could develop into a No. 3 starter in the short-term. Even if he doesn’t improve those aspects of his game, he still profiles as a high-leverage reliever. To find the last time the Red Sox flipped a trade acquisition before he played a game in the organization, you have to go all the way back to third baseman Andy Marte, who was acquired from Atlanta for Edgar Renteria in December 2005, and then traded to Cleveland in the Coco Crisp deal in January 2006.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM (#4285887)
Given the acquisition of De La Rosa and Webster I don't think Barnes should be untouchable. From what I've read there is not a lot to choose from among the three so if the Sox can use Barnes to generate substantial return it probably is worthwhile.
   2. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: October 28, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4285987)
Chits. Not chips.
   3. valuearbitrageur Posted: October 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4286101)
Cards. Not chits.
   4. Darren Posted: October 28, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4286189)
I agree with Jose 100%. It's a lot easier for fans (and even the guys at Soxprospects) to part with someone like De la Rosa, who they have no attachment to. But with him coming off of injury, you're not getting a lot for him. Nor are you getting much for any of the other guys on that list (except Cecchini).

The one who makes the most sense, as Jose says, is Barnes. He started off great but was pretty pedestrian down the stretch. Plus he's a pitching prospect, so we all know he doesn't exist. If he is what it takes to get a young cost-controlled 1B (Adams? Belt?) or corner OF, then you do it. The depth from Rubby and Webster will make it more palatable as well.

Oh, and speaking of chits, any of you cool guys ever play D&D with chits? Good times.
   5. Dale Sams Posted: October 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM (#4286716)
An ESPN insider article: "Brian Cashman has reason to be stressed, his rivals in Boston are poised to pass the Yankees"

BAHAHAHAHa....'rivals'....'pass'...
   6. Darren Posted: October 28, 2012 at 11:07 PM (#4286723)
To be fair, it was written in 2009 and has just be reposted every year since
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: October 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM (#4287235)
I don't think any of the Sox starting pitching prospects should be traded this offseason. This is an organization that needs to add to the quantity of talent after the trade; they should be looking to use money to add players.
   8. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: October 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM (#4287364)
Alex Wilson (15) -- Converted to the bullpen in April...If he can hone his command a bit, he has the makings of a 7th-inning reliever, mostly due to his above-average fastball-slider combo. But he's yet to show that he's ready to make that jump. He probably wouldn't fetch a ton of return on his own, but he'd have some value as part of a larger package.


So, in other words, he is a complete crap shoot.

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