Omaha Red Sox wrote: mikegp wrote:
brandnew wrote:I'd still keep Hansen in the pen . . .
I would to. I wouldn't be surprised if next year Hansen goes to the pen and Paps goes to the rotation.
This is what I thought the plan was all along. Paps will eventually, possibly as soon as next year, be a starter while Hansen will move into the closers role. I, too, would like to forget who David Wells was...
I wanna qualify what I'm about to say by prefacing it with the statement that I'm as big a Yankee fan, Red Sox hater as there is...
I've been following Papelbon since he was in the minors, and Hansen since he was with St. John's since it's about 15 minutes from my house... and if the Red Sox take Papelbon out of the closer's role next year they are absolutely insane. Have they not paid any attention to the biggest reason for Yankee success over the last decade?!?!
I love Hansen and I love Papelbon, I really do. But their best bet is to put them 1-2 in THE BULLPEN, not in their Rotation. Hansen in the 8th and Papelbon in the 9th is such a sexy proposition. They'd be out of their minds to tinker with it. A rotation next year of...
Is not bad when you couple it with the best bullpen in the majors and the likelihood that the Sox will add another pitcher to that rotation somewhere around the #3 spot moving everyone else down...
I wouldn't mess with it. Lights out closers and lights out setup men don't grow on trees and they're among the most important things in the game.