I started to write a column this morning about the excess amount of shortstops (on paper) that the Red Sox now have. Yes, MLB-TV has Hanley Ramirez playing in the outfield, but frankly, the last thing the Sox need is another outfielder. It’s my guess that current shortstop Xander Bogaerts is in play and could be moved to a team looking for a young (21-yrs old) prospect middle infielder.
I was going to break out the numbers and put together a mock trade for one of the three starters the Mets are trying to ship, but frankly, I stopped writing the column and wrote this instead.
The Red Sox don’t want Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, or Bartolo Colon. They have their own internal list of back end starters that can fill that bill.
And that leads to the bigger problem. It’s not finding someone that will trade you a shortstop… it’s finding something another team will accept as a trading partner for one of their young prospects.
I’m not sure the Mets will ever move these guys properly before guys like Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, and Steven Matz should be replacing them. You know my plans for Montero.
Who ever thought a guy that hit 30+ home runs a couple of years agon would be traded for ‘international pool money’? Is this the future for Gee or Niese? My guess is Colon will play out his contract, Niese is safe until the all-star break, and Gee could not survive spring training.
Continuing with the National League, I am once again surprsied with the amount of lefties some of these teams had in their pro-pen last season.
Her's the list:
|Grant Dayton||AAA - 50||72||79||3.13||1.33|
|Elvis Araujo||AA - 43||50||50||3.42||1.42|
|Matt Grace||AAA - 50||77||62||1.17||1.1|
|Eury De La Rosa||25||36.2||32||2.95||1.39|
|Will Locante||A - 43||53||57||1.53||1.02|
|Kraig Sitton||AA - 48||66||43||3.68||1.32|
|Joseph Ortiz||AAA - 15||18||9||4||1.56|
|Michael Strong||AA - 31||79.2||84||2.37||1|
Purple Row[i] on Ike Davis -
The Pirates designated Ike Davis for assignment on Thursday, putting themselves in a position to trade or release him if another team doesn't put in a claim. Waiting for that to happen might be a risky proposition, but it's possible no club would claim the 27-year-old first baseman; Davis is projected to make $4.4 million next season, a lot of money for player who has yet to put it all together.
However, if Davis can be had on the cheap, he'd be a huge upside play. The 2008 first-round draft pick has huge power potential, as he showed with a 32-homer campaign in 2012, and can get on base in ways that don't require a hit. Davis finished with the fourth-best walk rate in baseball -- and was tops in the NL -- among players with 300 or more plate appearances. Parting with a proven road hitter in Morneau would be tough, but having a player like Davis who has intriguing on-base skills would soften the blow.