Trading Pedroia is ridiculous. He's one of the best 2B in the league, he's only turning 29, and he's signed for 10 mill a year in 2013 and 2014. Not to mention the PR disaster. Not going to happen.
I've been a big believer in the 'blow-it-up' concept since the middle of last year. It might just be my own perception of the team I've seen the last two years juxtaposed against my, most likely romanticized, memories of the 2003 and 2004 teams, but there is a hunger and enjoy-ability I've seen missing from this team for the last few years. Whether it's due to older, veteran players who now have gotten used to the grind of a 162 game season, or have had their ups and downs in this city with fans and media or what have you, something intrinsic to my definition of The Boston Red Sox is missing. I don't think it's any coincidence that in 2010 when Kalish and Nava came up, young, unproven players not used to getting MLB game checks, this team as a whole became lively again. In 2011, Lavarnway provided the much needed boost as we scuffled our way through the end of the season, and here in 2012 Middlebrooks (and Nava again) were the sparks.
When Aviles started the season hitting the stitching out of the baseball, I fantasized about being able to move Ross and Aviles at the deadline for REAL prospects. Both guys looked slated to hit 20-25 bombs at positions of need, and that was gravy on top of whatever could be had for Youkilis or Beckett. Pedroia to me, is untouchable. He might have had a bad string of odd injuries here in the last few years, but this is the guy you want guys like Kalish, Lavarnway, Middlebrooks and Iglesias to play the game like. This is the guy you want them to emulate and go to work with some
element of his approach. Based on Utley's deal, maybe you try to lock him up while hes up and down, make sure he knows he doesn't have to gut the rest of this season out
because his deal's coming up
. To me, Ortiz, while he would have value as a bat, provides very little flexibility to other ball clubs in a trade. Ortiz should get his 2 year deal to retire a Red Sox. I might be a sucker for the guy that brought us that trophy, but the guy has earned his money and his respect time and time again even after we all buried him alive.
With Buchholz rounding back into form, the Bard-experiment's failure is at least partially mitigated by the fact a guy you slotted to be a 1b or a 1c two years ago is finally starting to look like himself again. The Bard experiment was equally important, in my opinion, to Beckett's future with this team. Had he shown enough consistency for the team to think they had a low cost rotation option for years to come would probably make them more willing to deal a guy like Beckett or even Lester, who recently I'm beginning to wonder if he remembers he's from the birthplace of Grunge and not Country.
2 years ago I had fixings on an outfield of Reddick, Ellsbury and Kalish. Since then we got Crawford, Ross, Sweeney but when I turn on my TV set it's Podsednik, MacDonald and Gonzalez. Incredible. While I know I'll never see a completely homegrown Boston Red Sox team, I have to believe that there is some correlation between signing guys for $20M+/year and the lack of something
on these teams. Everytime I hear the word "irrevocable" in UCC, all I can think of is Manny-ing Gonzo or Crawdaddy.
edit: Cot's lists Pedroia as up after 2014 - my B.
Edited by BellhornsBiatch, 13 June 2012 - 09:53 AM.