What Is Next For The Red Sox?
After the trading of Kevin Youkilis on Sunday, everyone now turns to what the next move is for the Red Sox. It is not that simple to pinpoint. Will Middlebrooks pushed Youkilis out of his job and the Red Sox are paying nearly all of his salary for the rest of the year.
Will someone else go? If Jacoby Ellsbury were healthy, I believe the team would have looked at moving him. His value was sky high at the end of last season, and he is expected to command a big contact. Can the Red Sox afford both him and Carl Crawford? I don’t believe so.
If Beckett is lights out will the team look to move him? It has to be at least talked about. If Beckett is traded the package in return would be much better than the package for Youkilis. Beckett is still effective in the AL East which proves he is the real deal. This is now Ben Cherrington’s team and the roster is what he wants to make of it.
What about Daniel Bard? His trade value is all but lost. He cannot find the plate at Triple-A. If he is not effective in Triple-A how will he be in the major leagues? Mark Melancon seemed to figure it out in Pawtucket, why can’t Daniel Bard? The team made a mistake making him a starter and are now suffering the consequences. He thought he could be a starter and now feels an adrenaline rush coming out of the bullpen. He is a reliever, throws hard for one inning maybe two.
Being six games behind the Yankees in the AL East should not be a tall mountain to climb. The everyday lineup is taking shape now with Youkilis gone. Gonzalez will play first everyday and Middlebrooks will play third. Seems like Cody Ross will play right field and Daniel Nava will play left until one of the surplus of outfielders comes back. Carl Crawford will be back after the All Star break and hopefully he can find a spot in the lineup unlike last year. He has said he does not like to lead off, neither does Dustin Pedroia. This could present a problem as we don’t know when Ellsbury will be back as he will most likely hit lead off upon his return.
With the trade deadline just five weeks away a lot can happen during that time. Injuries are almost certain and performance will be a big part. With four outfielders due to come of the disabled list someone will be out of a job. In order to make noise in the AL East the Sox will need to beat the up on their divisional opponents and so far this year, they have not done so well. The loser of this series with the Blue Jays will leave Fenway in last place so winning the series is very important.
After Wednesdays game the Sox fly out west and will have seven games with the Mariners and Athletics. Leaving that trip winning less than six games should be seen as a disappointment. Shoot for being five games above .500 at the All Star break and hope to recover from injuries in the second half.