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The Pittsburg Pirates look like they are actually getting some good young talent on their team. They did the right thing by spending 10 million on the draft including drafting and signing Pedro Alvarez. (Assuming the issues with Scott Boras get worked out) Then, they traded away players Damaso Marte, Xavier Nady, and Jason Bay at or near the trade deadline. I didn’t like the Nady/Marte trade at all. It only works out if Jose Tabata relizes his potential or if one of the three young pitchers they got could develop into a solid #3. I liked the Bay trade a lot better. They got their third baseman of the future in Andy LaRoche, so they can move Pedro Alvarez to first base. They also get two, good, power arms and former first round picks in Craig Hansen and Bryan Morris. Hansen could be their closer of the future with Morris a possible top of the rotation pitcher if he stays healthy. LaRoche could become a big impact bat eventually, and could thrive getting out of the big city of Los Angeles. The same goes with Hansen getting out of Boston. They need to continue rebuilding by spending high in the draft again as well as trading Jack Wilson. With so many teams interested in shorstops this winter and without many avalable, Wilson could bring in a lot. They have selled off all their pieces other than Wilson, however. They need to get a shortstop or pitching back in any Wilson trade. I think they’ll be able to. Some have suggested the Pirates make a big free agent signing, but I think that would be bad for this team because the money would be better off spent on the draft. This is a team could compete by 2010 or 2011 if they spend a lot on the draft and make the right trades.
The Boson Red Sox are a very good team with few holes and a lot of money to spend. According to our Offseason Needs post, the Red Sox have only 2 holes: relief pitching and catcher. They could also consider adding a big time free agent starter like CC Sabathia or Ben Sheets. Especially since the Yankees will be amoung the top contenders for both. Becausue this team has so much money to burn after swaping out Manny Ramirez’s 20 million for next year with Jason Bay’s 7 million. They save 13 million. If they sign a guy like CC or Sheets they couod trade a starter like, say, Michael Bowden to the Rangers for a catcher like Jarrod Saltalamacchia. I think theyn are definate to sign a big-money reliever like Chad Durbin, Will Ohman, or Russ Springer. Maybe they’ll overpay to get Brian Fuentes or Brandon Lyon to get them to not take a closer’s job elsewhere. For a catcher, they could trade for one of the Rangers catchers, possibly Bengie Molina if the Giants make him avalable. If those options don’t work, they’ll try to resign Jason Varitek. I think Scott Boras is going to end up screwing Varitek. I think the Red Sox will offer something like 1 year, 8 million. But Boras will ask for Jorge Posada’s 4 year, 52 million deal. The Red Sox will then trade for Jarrod Saltalamacchia to fill the catcher hole. Then, after holding out untill February, he will sign a 1 year, 6 million deal witht the Reds. He gets less money on a worse team, because of Scott Boras. So, the Red Sox plan is to spend big on a reliever, and get a catcher at least as good as Jason Varitek.