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Sunday, February 02, 2020

Truck Day Is Upon Us

It’s TRUC…oh who cares?

Sorry, I want to be excited but I can’t be.  With the potential/likely trade of Mookie Betts looming like Damocles’ sword it is difficult to really get excited here.  The truck leaves Monday at noon but, well hell it’s possible I’ll have to put up another post talking about the biggest trade the Sox have made in eight years and arguably longer than that Monday morning.

But for now, let’s try to be optimistic.  Whether or not Mookie is on the roster the Sox should project as a pretty good team in 2020.  Oh sure, having Mookie (and David Price) would probably make them project as the third best team in the AL but they are certainly in with Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Oakland and Cleveland as a team that can see itself in the playoffs.

The reality is that the Sox have plenty to watch and be excited about.  Eduardo Rodriguez is coming off a breakout season and whatever you think of Ben Cherington that deal is a serious feather in his cap.  Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and JD Martinez are genuine stars who are must see TV and while Andrew Benintendi is coming off a bit of a down year he still looks like a very good player.

On the mound beyond Rodriguez’ breakout a potential Cy Young candidate stands, quite tall, in the slender and dare I say lanky form of Chris Sale and electric armed (and oft-injured) Nathan Eovaldi.  The bullpen, an area of serious concern last year, looks like a potentially exciting one.  Matt Barnes’ stuff is great and I am optimistic of him rebounding and Darwinzon Hernandez has the potential to be a massive weapon wherever manager He-Who-Must-Be-Named uses him.

And while the Sox’ system has been much maligned (rightly so) Michael Chavis showed glimpses a year ago and Bobby Dalbec is a potential impact bat on the horizon.

Who the hell knows what we are in for?  With Betts this is a team that has a legit claim as a World Series contender.  Taking away Betts makes a playoff spot a bit more of a challenge and is a real cruncher emotionally.  I can’t imagine such a move not having a real ripple effect in the clubhouse.  But for now, let’s focus on the positives and I’ll post my rant after they get around to making their stupid ####### trade.

Hope springs eternal.

Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: February 02, 2020 at 10:42 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: February 03, 2020 at 10:27 AM (#5921291)
Maybe on the way to Florida the truck can pick up a hitchhiker and hire them as manager.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 03, 2020 at 12:41 PM (#5921317)
The truck leaves Monday at noon but, well hell it’s possible I’ll have to put up another post talking about the biggest trade the Sox have made in eight years and arguably longer than that Monday morning.
Trading Mookie Betts and ruining the joy of Truck Day? That’d be Frazzee-level villainy, no?
   3. jmurph Posted: February 03, 2020 at 01:59 PM (#5921331)
You're an adult.
   4. villageidiom Posted: February 03, 2020 at 03:20 PM (#5921347)
Trading Mookie Betts and ruining the joy of Truck Day? That’d be Frazzee-level villainy, no?
Your concern is noted.
   5. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: February 03, 2020 at 04:16 PM (#5921365)
3 - Assumes facts not in evidence.
   6. Darren Posted: February 03, 2020 at 08:46 PM (#5921421)
Seems to be more talk about Price being in the deal now.

Maybe tomorrow we'll know.



I was trying to take emotion out of this or at least see the role that emotion plays when we talk about this, so I tried thinking of how I'd feel on the other side of trade: what if the Red Sox were trading a package of prospects for 1 year of a star. So consider the possibilities below (none of these are perfect, particularly the most recent one):

How would we feel if the Red Sox traded...

Pre 2016
Bogaerts
Owens
Margot

for one year of

McCutcheon or Goldschmidt or Donaldson
---------------

Pre 2016
Swihart
Owens
Margot

for one year of

McCutcheon or Goldschmidt or Donaldson

----------------
Pre 2018
Devers
Johnson
Chavis

for one year of

Arenado or Altuve or Rendon

----------------

Pre 2020
Chavis
Hernandez
Casas

for one year of

Bregman or Yelich



Remember, it's important to think of it in terms of the time. For example, you'd be happy to have dealt Owens and Swihart knowing what we know now, but back then Swihart was being compared to a young Buster Posey.

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