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Friday, April 05, 2013

Wait ‘til Next Year

The Red Sox have started out 2-1 this year, on the road, against the Yankees. Height of optimism, right? Yes, let’s bask in the glow, and live in the moment.

Or, if your thoughts are already focused on the future, the good folks at soxprospects.com have compiled projected rosters for 2014 at every level in the Red Sox system, from the majors all the way down to the Dominican Summer League. (Tangent: They’ve listed for the DSL an outfielder who might get nannied.)

At the MLB level, they’ve listed 30 players, but some are highlighted as potentially being traded away before next season.

The differences between 2013 and 2014 at that level:

Subtractions:
Ellsbury
Drew
Saltalamacchia
Hanrahan
Napoli
Nava (to Pawtucket)

Potential Subtractions by trade:
Lackey
Morales
Aceves
Gomes
Carp

Additions:
Webster (SP)
Rubby (RP)
Breslow (RP)
Bard (RP)
Lavarnway (C)
Brentz (OF)
Holt! (UI)
Kalish (UO)
Unidentified Flying First Baseman

In Pawtucket, they see the transition from starter to reliever for Drake Britton, maybe having the opportunity to pitch every Barnesday. Several of the AAA roster spots will be filled by current AA players - which you’d hope would be the case - but despite that they’d need to fill another 5-8 roster spots from outside the org. I don’t have a good sense of what is typical at AAA, but that seems to me like a lot. Maybe there’s not as much depth as I’d hoped… Uh… OK, maybe I should turn my attention to 2013 after all.

villageidiom Posted: April 05, 2013 at 07:04 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: April 05, 2013 at 09:09 PM (#4405848)
"Nannied"?
   2. villageidiom Posted: April 05, 2013 at 09:28 PM (#4405891)
Outfielder Gregori Titts.

EDIT: Hey, the nanny is OK with homophones!
   3. Mayor Blomberg Posted: April 06, 2013 at 12:19 AM (#4406016)
Glad to know the nanny's not homophonic.
   4. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 12:36 AM (#4406020)
I suspect Napoli comes back on a 1-2 year deal rather than being allowed to walk andhaving to find another solution for first base. It's not like there are any great FA 1B options coming up either.
   5. booond Posted: April 06, 2013 at 12:53 AM (#4406024)
The 2014 lineup needs a few bats.
   6. boteman Posted: April 06, 2013 at 12:58 AM (#4406025)
Alfonso...ahh forget it.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: April 06, 2013 at 01:57 AM (#4406032)
Deleted due to the nanny getting up to speed. :-(
   8. Darren Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:59 AM (#4406059)
1b has a lot of possibilities. It's quite possible that Travis Shaw has a good year in AA this year and, at 24 next year, is ready for his chance. To a far lesser extent, maybe Mark Hamilton puts it all together. On the Major League club, Dan Nava or Mike Carp could do a nice job this year and win the job. There are actually also some decent FA options: Kendrys Morales, Corey Hart, and KEVIN YOUKILIS!

Napoli would be a fine option too but I don't think it's a foregone conclusion by any means.

I can never quite figure out the thinking at Soxprospects (that's not an insult, they're great). I look at something like this and just nod along until I see Bryce Brentz penciled in in RF.
   9. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:22 AM (#4406073)
deleted.
   10. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: April 06, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4406144)
Why would Ellsbury be gone next year?
   11. booond Posted: April 06, 2013 at 02:02 PM (#4406164)
1b has a lot of possibilities. It's quite possible that Travis Shaw has a good year in AA this year and, at 24 next year, is ready for his chance. To a far lesser extent, maybe Mark Hamilton puts it all together. On the Major League club, Dan Nava or Mike Carp could do a nice job this year and win the job. There are actually also some decent FA options: Kendrys Morales, Corey Hart, and KEVIN YOUKILIS!


And Wichita State can win the NCAAs. Anything is possible but the Sox have to be game planning a little better than wishing on Daniel Nava.

until I see Bryce Brentz penciled in in RF.


Yeah, as I said, this lineup needs help. Of course Brentz in RF isn't much different than Travis Shaw at 1B.
   12. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 06, 2013 at 02:39 PM (#4406174)
I'm pretty sure if Napoli has a decent year and stays healthy he'll probably get the remainder of the 3-year deal he would have had if not for the avascular necrosis diagnosis.
   13. villageidiom Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4406218)
Why would Ellsbury be gone next year?
Free agency.

Like with Napoli, they're not counting on MLB free agents re-signing with the team. It is a possibility, more so for Napoli than Ellsbury, I think, to get them back for 2014.

EDITed for clarity.
   14. villageidiom Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:49 PM (#4406225)
I can never quite figure out the thinking at Soxprospects (that's not an insult, they're great). I look at something like this and just nod along until I see Bryce Brentz penciled in in RF.
Speier had something up the other day suggesting Brentz's developmental path is reminiscent of Middlebrooks. He recognized that Bradley will get - and has gotten - the call when they need OF help, which limits Brentz's immediate opportunity. But he might have a decent shot at cracking the roster in 2014 if he doesn't shoot himself in the foot. Again.
   15. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 06, 2013 at 03:53 PM (#4406226)
Lackey's gone down again, perhaps this time for good.
   16. Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC) Posted: April 06, 2013 at 05:40 PM (#4406268)
Is this the last news item ever posted at BTF? Does Repoz = John Lackey?
   17. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 05:55 PM (#4406273)
The Red Sox don't think Lackey re-tore the UCL. They seem to think it was a cramp or strain of his biceps.
   18. booond Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:14 PM (#4406302)
The Red Sox don't think Lackey re-tore the UCL. They seem to think it was a cramp or strain of his biceps.


Red Sox medical staff still looking at Marty Barrett x-rays.
   19. villageidiom Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:18 PM (#4406335)
Is this the last news item ever posted at BTF? Does Repoz = John Lackey?
You're just trying to avoid being blamed for breaking the site.

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