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  1. Puffy

    Trade Deadline Approach

    I chose mostly stand pat, meaning that I think they should be active and opportunistic on the margins like they were in 2023, shedding any redundant pieces that do not have long-term role on the team, and shoring up areas of weakness for the stretch run that could provide depth in 2024.
  2. Puffy

    Trade Deadline Approach

    I agree with this. It seems like there is a need on the roster for a 3rd catcher with options. They are playing with fire with Wong. McGuire's imminent return will help a lot, but a AAA catcher who could plausibly appear in the majors and shuttle back/forth to Worcester would be helpful as a...
  3. Puffy

    What is the greatest need right now?

    I would trade Verdugo straight up for Ramon Laureano. That seems to be a much better fit for our roster and lineup.
  4. Puffy

    What is the greatest need right now?

    There are holes and weaknesses all around the roster and depth charts. I voted for OF because, after Kike, there's zero depth around CF or RF beyond rushing Ceddanne Rafaela. I like Refsnyder too, but I feel like he's going to end up being a lynchpin when he really should be a depth OF. With one...
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    Gitter done, Theo: let's put all our dumb I mean brilliant trade suggestions in this thread

    One thing that I have not seen discussed as much with regards to our OF plans - including a potential DH job share - is our positional depth at CF. Though I know Reyfsnyder had some limited exposure there a bit last year, I'm not sure he's more than a spot reserve at that position. The depth...
  6. Puffy

    What does 2023 look like?

    I could see this as well. Bloom places weight on flexibility and there will surely be some concern about backing up and/or complementing Casas where a RH hitter with 1B abilities would be a good roster addition, eventually removing Hosmer from the roster. I could imagine adding 2 complementary...
  7. Puffy

    Red Sox in season discussion

    I suppose we might also view Casas as slightly more tradable this winter as well. If he were the linchpin to having Sean Murphy as our starting catcher for the next 3 years, for example. Bloom gets a view of our 1B/DH options this August and September and carries some leverage and chips into the...
  8. Puffy

    Red Sox Trade Deadline 2022

    I could see Dombrowski as the type of GM who could be sold on Eovaldi's postseason experience and bulldog reputation. Dombrowski also likes to carry players around with him from team to team. He's already signaled that they aren't ready to part with their top prospects for the top tier SPs...
  9. Puffy

    Might as well start talking about 2021

    It seems as though both Myers and Cronenworth are perhaps bound for the Cubs in the rumored Yu Darvish deal.
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    Have you ever seen an MLB no-hitter in person? (If not, how close have you come?)

    I was also at the Hideo Nomo no-hitter in Baltimore. I was sitting with a bunch of O's fans and getting ribbed a bit for my Red Sox cap. This was, I think, a bit before Camden reached its peak of Red Sox fans a few years later, so while there were plenty of Sox fans, it was by no means a...
  11. Puffy

    Two-Way Lin?

    For a good defensive bench player with versatility, I don't think .250/.300/.350 is all that bad a starting point, and there may be some offensive upside there. I don't think Holt's offensive projections are all that much better (ZIPS .259/.332/.360) considering Holt's defense and the fact that...
  12. Puffy

    Blake wants to rake

    Beyond Vazquez and Swihart, though, the Red Sox are pretty weak on the catcher depth chart themselves. If they trade Leon, they would be extremely vulnerable depth-wise, particularly if Vazquez (who peaked last year at 99 games played) goes down. They'd be hard pressed to rely on either Vazquez...
  13. Puffy

    The 2018 Lineup

    When Cora was hired, he made a point to say that he wanted to bat Mookie Betts leadoff and hinted that Benintendi would bat #2 in Pedroia's absence:
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    PawSox now looking at sites in Pawtucket

    This is a somewhat sensational and misleading headline. The Speaker of the House disapproves of the bill that the Senate passed and, presumably, if they take up their own legislation, will try to get a better deal for the State. We'll see if he's just blowing smoke or playing power games with...
  15. Puffy

    The offseason heading into 2018

    For all this talk of $300 million dollar contracts, there has only been one such contract in MLB history, and it was spread over a 13-year time period. There have only been 12 contracts over $200 million and other than Stanton and ARod's 2 contracts, none have been higher than $250 million. And...
  16. Puffy

    Winter Meetings 2018: Rumors and Speculation

    This was a great read. It might be worth digging into in its own thread rather than this mega thread. I know the focus in the second part of the article was, essentially, deriving break-even scenarios for Martinez' production based on the dollar value of a win and his projected contract. My...
  17. Puffy

    MLB 2017 Offseason signings news/rumors

    It's as if there are only so many $20 million + contracts to players over 30 that a team can carry at one time on a 25-man roster, especially when nearly all of them end up to be obstacles by the end of the deal (or sometimes much sooner). Even JD Martinez starts to look more like the next...
  18. Puffy

    Let's get reasonable (moderate improvements to the roster)

    With Buster Olney speculating that Moustakas might have to consider a 1-year pillow deal, there is evidence that this slow market might actually be a depressed market for many free agents. I'm not sure if this is a discount due to the Qualifying Offer, or the glut of corner infielders and...
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    Winter Meetings 2018: Rumors and Speculation

    A bit perplexing to me too, especially due to the relatively light haul. On the other hand, the Rays could sign basically the same profile and production (Todd Frazier) for half the money and years that Longoria was owed...
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    Winter Meetings 2018: Rumors and Speculation

    Lorenzo Cain is a nice player. Someone is going to get a good deal on him this winter if he goes for the prices that are projected for him.