Fanpost Friday: My Goals for the Winter Meetings

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The winter meetings aren’t typically is big as they once were. Usually, we could rely on some major deals and blockbusters to take place over the course of the week. Nowadays, it’s often far more about laying groundwork then actually making and finalizing deals.

That said, there are still moves made, and my personal hope is that we get to see some excitement and fireworks. That said, as much as I’d love to hope the Sox will go out and get some big name star, it simply isn’t on the table this year. No, we are far more likely to be dealing away our stars and players than we are to get any back. And as far as signings, expect the minor, cost effective moves that exploit market inefficiencies. They won’t be flashy, but they could work out.

So, what exactly are my hopes and dreams for the winter meetings? Well, to me, it’s all about laying out a direction. Who we trade away will put in motion all the dominos to fall the rest of the year. It gives us as fans a clue as to what management is thinking, and where we are headed. I just want that clarity, no matter what it ends up being.

So what are the different directions we could go? We could trade a high priced pitcher, like Eovaldi or Price. We could trade an OF or multiple outfielders. We could trade JD. We could trade Betts. We could trade for prospects and rebuild, or trade for cost controlled talent already in the majors. We could go way under the tax, bump right against it, or stay over. Heck, we could stand pat and not trade any of them.

If I had my way, I would have the Sox trade Eovaldi and JBJ at the winter meetings. Make Eovaldi a pure salary dump, and see if JBJ can get you a prospect or even a lefty infield bat for cheaper. From there, spend the rest of the offseason filling in the holes with cheap options. Shaw, Treinen, Walker, Garcia, Pillar, Teheran, C Hernandez, Santana, etc. Guys who could be had at potentially good value, as cheap as possible. Fill in the rest with Lin, Dalbec, etc. and call it a day.

Of course, I don’t have my way. Bloom does. So really, all I want is some clarity. What are we doing? Where are we going? How are we going to get there? My curiousity can’t handle three more months of guesswork.