pappymojo wrote:I'm not sure how you can hate Buchholtz for any of this. The Red Sox organization is in charge of whether or not the kid gets traded. If they make a bad decision, that's on them. Not him. Let the kid pitch. Let the kid grow. Let the kid mature.
Plus, you have to consider the future of the rotation. Smoltz and Penny are both under one year contracts. Wakefield is in his 40s and Dice-K has been a bit of a disappointment. Masterson might work as a fifth pitcher. Beyond Lester and Beckett, though, are you truly comfortable putting yourself in a position where you need three of those five pitchers to contribute to your staff next year? If you trade Bowden and Buchholtz for Adrian Gonzalez who is your starting rotation next year?
Granted if you aquire Roy you have three great pitchers, but how long do you have them under contract for?
I don't blame Buchholz personally, but I am saying that this guy better be freaking amazing. They have passed on quite a few deals because they were unwilling to trade this guy. If he is that good, then he better start producing. It reminds me of when the Bulls had the opportunity to acquire Kobe Bryant and wouldn't trade Luol Deng and a few other guys for him. It was freaking Kobe Bryant. A few years later Deng is average and Kobe is the best basketball player since Michael Jordan. If the Sox want to keep Bowden then send the Jays Youkilis and Buchholz.
I would plan on keeping Halladay for at least another 3 years after this year. Beckett and Lester are both very young. Also don't forget about Dice-K. If Dice-K can return to form next season, then the Red Sox go 4 deep. They also have that 40 year old knuckler who seems to win 15 games every year pitching in the 5th spot. Their bullpen is one of the better bullpens in the league. They still would have Bard, which brings me to something else.
I would consider moving Paps. Either trade him or make him a starter. I would move Bard into the closer role.
Obviously Roy Halladay is the best fit and I am a little mystified why Epstein is so hesitant in pulling the trigger for a guy who has already proven himself in AL East play. I wouldn't be against getting A-Gon who would be cheaper and would be a very solid hitter for years. He is a great hitter and if he ever gets out of Petco he will flirt with a .300 AVG with 30 HRs and 110 RBIs.
Victor is better than Varitek, but he is not an everyday catcher and I am a little leery of him. He is extremely streaky and is a free swinger. Free Swingers tend to fall off the face of the earth as they get older.
I understand that the farm system is important and I wouldn't deplete it by making deal after deal after deal, but making one big deal every few years won't hurt.
Is Buchholz better than Roy Halladay and will he be better than Halladay in the next 3 years?
There is a reason the Sox went out and signed a few old timers. Buchholz was in the rotation last year and was lit up. He has great stuff and great talent, but I don't think he will ever be Roy Halladay. I also think he can be replaced if the Red Sox trade him for A-Gon.