Actually, they might. Imagine for a moment that we trade for Choo, who's going into his third arbitration year and will probably command $8M or so. Now say that we're platooning Choo and Ross; it'll cost us $15M. "Outrageous!" everyone here will cry. Yeah, but if you add up Ross' line vs. LHP and Choo's line vs. RHP from this past year, you basically get Ellsbury 2011 with half the steals. You get an MVP candidate kind of player. Now how much would you pay?
To pull this back to the 1B discussion - this same logic applies at least as well at 1B.
Someone like Morneau might come real cheap in terms of trade cost if we eat all $14M. For that $14M we'll get 400+ ABs against RHP at about a .900 OPS. Meanwhile we have Sands, who can play both 1B and LF and in his limited MLB experience flashed a very strong lefty split (over .900 himself for 86 ABs, small sample of course) along with Lavarnway, who hasn't played 1B before but will likely need to sooner than later as I don't think anyone views him as a 140+ game a year guy behind the dish.
I'd imagine one of them would turn into a capable platoon partner, and carrying both works quite well on a 25 man roster that has Lavarnway platooning with Shoppach at catcher and where Sands could be a good 5th OF bat in an outfield that features Ellsbury, Kalish, and likely Ross, as all three guys can play all three positions in the OF. So if Sands is used to pinch hit at some point he can easily be stashed in LF with some defensive realignment. If Choo is the 3rd starter and Ross is the 4th OF in this mix it works VERY well.
This strategy of finding low acquisition cost players available due to high dollar, short length contracts is the best way the Red Sox can fill the roster openings with high quality players without raiding the farm or locking ourselves into more Carl Crawford/Adrian Gonzalez "hope you don't totally suck when you're 36" type deals.
Edited by Drek717, 02 September 2012 - 09:26 AM.