Am I the only one that has this really bad, underlying feeling that at some point Ben Cherington is going send off names like Nava, Kalish, and Ciriaco? I didn't think so. But here's the deal, at least in this fan's opinion. If Red Sox Nation can see it coming, then general managers across the league have to be jumping at the bits to take advantage of Cherington.
I'm all for virtually wiping the slate clean with this pitching staff, but trading the pitchers we have now isn't enough. Teams, especially those with smarter GM's, know the Red Sox are sitting on a gold mine. Take for example the Chicago Cubs. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer would love to make a deal with Ben involving Ryan Dempster. Red Sox need pitching, Cubs need players. The Cubs are becoming a younger ball club and Alfonso Soriano doesn't exactly fit into that plan. There goes Daniel Nava and a player to be named later for Ryan Dempster. At best on that deal, we lose ONLY Nava.
But this doesn't involve possible future deals. Need I remind anyone of the trade with Oakland that sent potential All-Star Josh Reddick for still rehabbing Andrew Bailey? Not to knock what Cody Ross has done, I personally love the guy, but Bailey hasn't even thrown one pitch in Fenway Park. And when you factor that Felix Doubront, another fly ball pitcher, has an ERA over four, and that ERA happens to be the best of the starting rotation, things are starting to bode will in Bailey's favor. And we could have kept Reddick, a cheaper, younger, ball player, and still had some money on the books for starting pitching.
(I'd also like to note that Metrics people are now starting to leave this page after seeing the acronym ERA)
All of this to say, I think there are plenty of guys in the Boston minor's system to bolster the line up of this team better than spending millions of dollars on guys that have beaten us between the lines million times before. Yeah, I'm siding with Papi on this one, but honestly, he's one of the first to go in my book. He's not happy there, fine I get it. I don't enjoy being in places that I don't like either. Does anyone though? Let him walk, make his money else where, and let him be happy. At some point the Angels are going to have to move Kendrys Morales or I guy I wouldn't mind seeing in a Sox uniform, Russel Branyon.
Am I starting to get my point across here? Am I beating a dead horse?
My message is this though. Ben, the members of Red Sox Nation are really trying hard to like you, but stop screwing us over. Sell some of these guys that you and Theo bought, and bring up these guys that aren't screwing us over and are keeping this team afloat. Basically, Ben, don't sell the farm.