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Could Red Sox Try to Add a Starter for 2009?

I am thinking about it more and more, and it makes a lot of sense for the Red Sox to go after a top-of-the-rotation arm in the offseason. At first when I heard the idea, I didn’t like it. They already have too many starters (when they’re all healthy) and need bullpen help and a catcher more. If they want to compete with the Yankees, though, they might need to upgrade the rotation. The Yankees could possibly sign CC Sabathia so the Red Sox need to be in on him, if nothing else to drive up the price. If the Yanks sign CC, and I think they will because they are so desparate that they’ll outbid anyone, the Red Sox need to counter. Ben Sheets, anyone? This is a good fit. It would give the Red Sox and better rotation again because they would be 5 deep. How could any team beat a top 5 of Josh Beckett-Ben Sheets-Jon Lester-Daisuke Matsuzaka-Tim Wakefield. That’s unstopable. They have a lot of injury risks, but have super prospect Clay Buchholz ready to step in ahould there be an injury. If they miss out on Sheets, they could go after a guy like AJ Burnett, and would still probably have a better rotation than the Yankees. The other good thing about adding a starter is that it makes Michael Bowden 100% available. That could help them get a catcher like Jarrod Saltalamacchia. They also have enough money to sign a reliever. I noticed I had not picked the Red Sox for many signings in my Top 50 Free Agents, but then again, their the Red Sox, they’ll be in the center of the action right with the Yankees.

AL Wild Card race getting closer

The Red Sox were almost a lock for the playoffs 2 weeks ago, and had a legitamate shot to catch the Rays, but now are only a game over the Twins for the wild card, and 5 games back of the Rays. Their pitching has fallen appart because of injuries to Tim Wakefield and Josh Beckett. 2 weeks ago they had a ton of pitching depth and just got more with the Paul Byrd trade. I will repeate the saying again: “You can never have too much pitching.” I will be making my predictions very soon, on September 1, just like I said. I will not give away which team I think will win the wild card. You’ll have to wait untill September 1. I’m just stating how close the race has gotten and how fast it has happened.

I will also make some changes for other teams when I make my predictions, but you’ll have to wait untill then.

Starting Pitching Free Agent Market

The hitters market isn’t that good, but now we get to the best part, the pitching. I labled the starters with what kind of starter I think they are. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, C5, (Which means competing for the 5th spot) and DL. (Which means they are returning from the DL, or an injury)

 

Free Agents

  • 1. CC Sabathia
  • 1. Ben Sheets
  • 1. John Lackey (9 million club option with a 0.5 million buyout)
  • 2. Ryan Dempster
  • 2. Mike Mussina
  • 2. Derek Lowe
  • 2. AJ Burnett (Can opt out)
  • 3. Oliver Perez
  • 3. Jon Garland
  • 3. Kyle Lohse
  • 3. Tim Wakefield (4 million club option)
  • 3. Greg Maddux
  • 3. Andy Pettitte
  • 3. Randy Johnson
  • 3. Brad Penny (8.75 million club option with a 2 million buy out)
  • 4. Jamie Moyer
  • 4. Braden Looper
  • 4. Odalis Perez
  • 4. Kenny Rogers
  • 4. Tom Glavine
  • 4. Randy Wolf
  • 5. Paul Byrd
  • 5. Jon Lieber
  • 5. Livan Hernandez
  • C5. Mark Hendrickson
  • C5. Brett Tomko
  • C5. Josh Fogg
  • C5. Kip Wells
  • C5. Tony Armas Jr.
  • DL. John Smoltz (12 million club option)
  • DL. Roger Clemens
  • DL. Freddy Garcia
  • DL. Curt Schilling
  • DL. Pedro Martinez
  • DL. Jason Jennings
  • DL. Mark Mulder (11 million club option with a 1.5 million buyout)
  • DL. Orlando Hernandez
  • DL. Mark Prior
  • DL. Esteban Loaiza
  • DL. Carl Pavano (13 million club option with a 1.95 million buyout)
  • DL. Mike Hampton
  • DL. Matt Clement
  • DL. Kris Benson

Teams in Need

  • Mets
  • Yankees
  • Dodgers (get 2)
  • Braves
  • Blue Jays
  • Astros (get 2)
  • Rangers
  • Brewers
  • Phillies
  • Red Sox (Only for a #1)
  • Tigers
  • Indians
  • Nationals
  • Padres
  • Rockies
  • D’Backs
  • Royals
  • Cardinals
  • Orioles
  • Pirates