|Player||Age on Opening Day||Position||Years left on Contract||Cost per year (AAV)|
|John Lackey||34||SP||2 years, plus 2015 club option and MLB min.||$16.5 million|
|Dustin Pedroia||29||2B||2 years, plus $11 million club option in 2015||$6.75 million|
|Jon Lester||29||SP||1 year, plus $13 million club option for 2014||$6 million|
|Clay Buchholz||28||SP||3 years, plus 2 club options at AAV of $13.25 million||$7.49 million|
|Jose Iglesias||23||SS||1 year||$2.06 million|
Here is a list of players who are arbitration eligible:
|Player||Age on Opening Day||Position||Arb year||2012 Salary|
|Scott Atchison||37||RP||Super Two||$0.510 million|
|Rich Hill||33||RP||2nd Arb year eligibility||$0.725 million|
|Craig Breslow||32||RP||2nd Arb year eligibility||$1.795 million|
|Mike Aviles||32||SS||1st Arb year eligibility||$1.2 million|
|Alfredo Aceves||30||RP||1st Arb year eligibility||$1.2 million|
|Jacoby Ellsbury||29||CF||2nd Arb year eligibility||$8.05 million|
|Ryan Sweeney||28||OF||2nd Arb year eligibility||$1.750 million|
|Andrew Bailey||28||CP||1st Arb year eligibility||$3.9 million|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia||27||C||2nd Arb year eligibility||$2.5 million|
|Andrew Miller||27||RP||1st Arb year eligibility||$1.04 million|
|Daniel Bard||27||SP/RP?||Super Two||$1.612 million|
|Franklin Morales||27||SP/RP?||1st Arb year eligibility||$0.850 million|
And here is a list of Pre-Arb players with the potential to break with the team out of Spring Training (sorry if the Arb dates are off, I still don't full understand the potential for when a player is eligible for arbitration):
|Player||Age on Opening Day||Position||1st year of Arb Eligibilty Potential|
|Rubby De la Rosa||24||SP||2015|
I think some players are still going to be on the trading block. Since Jon Lester has regained his form the second half the season, I don't see a reason to trade him, unless the team can net a younger centerpiece and some major league ready complimentary pieces. The same goes for Pedroia. The Sox just do not have enough MLB ready depth to ship off those two stars. I think Ellsbury has to be on the block, although given his mediocre return, he may not have a lot of trade value. I think this may be an offseason where there is not a lot of activity because the Sox really don't have a lot to sell anymore. And those they can sell, are not at their peak value, but more likely the lower end of their value spectrum.
The Sox should absolutely bring Ortiz back on a 2 year deal now, and I think Ross on a 2 year deal with an option would be doable. However, given how he's played this year, I think he can easily fetch 3 years elsewhere. The Sox have some nice OF prospects that might be knocking on the door at the end of next season, so the Sox don't need to block them with Ross if he gets too expensive this off season. Padilla is another guy I would consider bringing back considering the Sox lack of MLB ready bullpen talent. Stewart and Mortenson don't inspire a lot of confidence.
The Sox just got a new lease on life with this trade, but its important that they develop a plan and not sign aging players to expensive contracts again. I would be OK with a couple seasons of Orioles-like baseball if it means the team is strategically set up for the next 5-8 years.
What does everyone think the short, medium, and long-term strategies should be for the Sox going forward? Is there enough on the roster to do some more selling to put together compelling packages for more younger prospects? What would you like to see happen?
Edited by ScubaSteveAvery, 25 August 2012 - 02:07 PM.