What Will the Red Sox do with Their Money?

The Red Sox have about 30 million to spend this offseason. What will they spend it on is the question. Unlike other teams with a large amount of money, the Red Sox don’t have many needs. All they need is a catcher and a reliever. I’m sure they’ll get a reliever through free agency. Catcher is the harder need to fill. I think they might want to trade for a Rangers’ catcher. That player would be cheap, however. So they are still going to have over 25 million to spend on luxories. They could go after a starting pitcher. I could see them go all-in for CC Sabathia. Not only would an aquisition make them the unquestioned best team in the MLB, but they would be keeping him away from the Yankees. If they don’t want to pay that much, they could opt for some of the cheaper top-of-the-rotation type players. Ben Sheets, Derek Lowe, and AJ Burnett could all be under serious consideration. If they want to, they could attempt to trade Mike Lowell, move Kevin Youkilis to third base, and sign Mark Teixera. I don’t really like this idea, as it would be getting rid of one of the club house leaders, moving Youk to a new position which might mess up his hitting, and would be throwing out money. Would Lowell be 7+ million worse than Tex? I don’t think so. I’d just keep the team the same, with the exception of adding a starting pitcher.


  1. Elizabeth D

    I really don’t think that the Sox would bench Lowell (or trade him) and move Youk to third unless Lowell’s healing process is really horrendous. I think we’ll spend our money looking for bullpen depth. We’ve got three solid pitchers: Okajima, Masterson, and Papelbon. As far as catchers go, since there are no catching elite out there, I think that the Sox are most likely going to keep Varitek. And for starting pitching, it’ll be interesting to see who they try and acquire.

  2. joefromnewhampshire

    I like Lowell, but I would be open to signing Tex and moving Lowell. The reason? Because the team would get better and younger. Lowell, whether we like it or not is getting older. I know that he took a little bit of a discount to stay but you can’t withhold from making a move that improves the team because of that, can you? That being said, four years of Tex is really what I would want, anymore than that is pushing it.


  3. hardballblog

    I don’t think that moving Youkilis to third would hurt him at all. When Mike Lowell got hurt he moved their anyway. Moving Youk to third and signing Teixeira would actually be a good move since Lowell is getting old. It would make the team better and younger.

  4. antbyrne30@hotmail.co.uk

    I think that it might cost too much money for Mark Teixeria. My view is that we need to keep Youk at 1st and Lowell at 3rd base and if he dose not perform then think about trading him. I would not keep Tim Wakefield as teams are figuring his knuckleball pitching and go for some starting pitching instead and try and keep Jason Varitek as I feel he is a valuable member of the red sox in catching mode and maybee bring George Kattaras from the minor for Tek to groom as a replacement when he dose leave or retire.


  5. Joe

    I agree that they could sign Teixera while trading Lowell and moving Youkilis to third base, and that it would make them an unquestioned better team. I don’ know if they should do it for the money, though. If I were them, I’d rather sign a starter or just sit on the money. They could always just spend it next offseason.
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