The Boston Herald churned out a great read yesterday. If you didn’t read that, I’ll summarize:
Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has said, and I’m quoting: “I’ve never really felt that any player is untouchable, prospect- or player-wise.”
On one hand, that’s terrifying; thinking that at a moment’s notice, Major League players like Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. or Xander Bogaerts could be gone if a deal strikes the boss’s fancy.
On the other hand, it’s extremely exciting, if you’re a Red Sox fan. To be real, with the Red Sox competing this season, for the first time in what feels like a millennium, I can’t imagine DD would do away with members of the already talented lineup. We’d probably be talking prospects.
The good news for the Red Sox, is that the farm is stacked with guys who could fetch talent in the area this team needs the most help with: pitching.
I’ve read a lot of reports that Boston is still high on Sonny Gray of the Athletics, and just this past week, the Sox had scouted Julio Teheran of the Braves’ last start against Cincinnati.
It’s sort of frustrating right now, because the market still hasn’t totally developed. There are very few teams who are “out of it”. There are even less teams who are “out of it” and have the type of pitching talent that could potentially push the Red Sox over the edge. Think Atlanta, Oakland, maybe Houston. If we want to stretch it, maybe Tampa Bay, but I doubt the Sox would deal a wealth of talent to a division rival. Even in San Diego, both Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross are banged up right now.
On paper, the pitching market looks sort of spent… that said, I’m not a GM. These guys, Dombrowski especially, have a knack at getting creative. The coming weeks will be fascinating to watch. The Sox will almost definitely make a move to improve the weak pitching staff. It’s just a question of who they’ll give up.
We now know that no one is safe…