The team is overloaded with pitching and needs to move someone. Moving Foulke and putting Paps in the closer's role (if he stumbles, Timlin or Tavarez can undoubtedly handle it) allows the Red Sox to establish a 5-man of Schilling, Beckett, Wakefield, Arroyo, and whomever they don't trade of Wells and Clement. Foulke's not the most popular guy in town either, so moving him may not be the worst idea.
This simply isn't true. Schilling, Beckett, Wells, Clement, Wakefield as your starting 5, Foulke closes, Timlin sets up, Tavarez, Seanez and Riske are short inning relief, Arroyo and Papelbon are long relief and spot starters and fill in if someone gets injured. That's 12 pitchers, which isn't unreasonable to carry, all of which are quite valuable and none of which start the season as a weakness of any kind. There are risks with this staff, and keeping all of these pitchers adds insurance in case one or more of those risks is realized. There is no justificaton for saying they need to move someone.
They have a surplus and can afford to move someone if an offer for value comes along, but that's a far cry from needing to move someone. I'm not saying they shouldn't be exploring deals. But they're in a possition of strength here, and if they start the regular season with those 12 pitchers on the roster, it's not going to be a huge problem. It's going to be a nice luxury.
As for moving Foulke to get Kearns, I can't get behind that idea. I'd much rather they move Clement to bring in Kearns. I disagree that he's not filling a possition of need, as he can cover all 3 outfield spots if need be, and becomes the replacement for Trot in 2007. Every move doesn't have to be soley about 2006. And looking ahead here would be wise, since they won't have this much of a surplus next off season, presumably. Foulke, if healthy is worth too much to give up for Kearns. The bullpen is strong enough, and there is enough in the high minors (MDC, Hansen, DiNardo) that they can take the chance to see if he's healthy. There are 7 starters on the roster though, so if they're gonna move a pitcher, it should be a starter, not a guy who could very well be one of the most dominant closers in baseball again.
Edit: Only the first two paragraphs are in response to Alacoldart. The last paragraph is in response to Devizier.
Edited by Lucen, 21 February 2006 - 01:15 PM.