Okay, the Boston Red Sox have players but they are well behind in the hot stove league. The Toronto Blue Jays pulled off a huge trade with the Marlins this past week that got them Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson and left the BoSox in the dust. The Jays are still looking for a new manager to replace former skipper John Farrell, who is now managing the Red Sox.
The need for Boston GM Ben Cherington to get his act together on the deal front became more pressing when the other day the Red Sox announced their spring training schedule. Spring training is less than three months away! Hey we need some players.
Spring Training Schedule
Here are the important dates:
+Feb. 12, 2013: First workout for pitchers and catchers
+Feb. 15, 2013: First full-squad workout
+Feb. 21, 2013: First exhibition games with a doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College.
+Feb. 23, 2013: First Grapefruit League game against Tampa Bay at Fort Myers.
Red Sox Need a Lot
With the trade of some major players to the Dodgers last season and nagging injuries to others, it’s clear that the Red Sox really need some players. There are some guys to consider. Texas utility man Mike Napoli wants to play. The Rangers did not make a qualifying offer to him. He’s played first, caught and has been a DH. We need a guy at first. Giancarlo Stanton wants out of Miami. He’s an outfielder with a decent bat. I think he’d be a dynamite hitter in Fenway.
Pitchers That Might Work
Free agent starter Kyle Lohse posted very solid numbers this season. The St. Louis Cardinal had 16 wins, 3 losses, and a 2.86 ERA. His WHIP 1.09, BAA registered .239 and strikeouts totaled 143.
Zack Greinke is a free agent and he’s the best out there. He won the Cy Young in 2009 and is just 28 years old. In 2012, Greinke won 15 and lost 5 while posting a 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and notching 200 strikeouts in 212.1 innings. I’d be very happy if Boston could sign him.
Starter Brandon McCarthy may be worth the risk. He was on the DL twice last season and may be on it again. In 2012, McCarthy had an 8-6 record with a 3.24 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 111.0 innings. When he’s healthy he’s a solid starter. The problem is with his health. The free agent may be worth the risk.
Time to Gear Up
With spring training less than three months away, the Jays pushing forward with a monster trade and three other teams playing and finishing better than the Red Sox did last season, Ben Cherington has to start wheeling and dealing. Yes the Red Sox still need a hitting and a pitching coach, but they also need hitters and pitchers.