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The Red Sox' offseason options: the less complicated, the better

Sep 27, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

Ken Rosenthal’s latest column spends some time looking at what the Red Sox might do this offseason.  The biggest possibility — and its not clear if this is from a source with knowledge or if it was pulled out of Rosenthal’s, um, imagination — is that the Sox could forgo signing Adrian Beltre to an extension (he’ll likely reject his $10 million option), move Youkilis to third base, get a stop gap first baseman and then go after someone like Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, or maybe even Albert Pujols after 2011.

Which is nice, but that sounds a bit too much like the stuff fans say when they call into talk radio to me. I can’t say for certain how front office people think, but most of the well-run teams tend to act rather conservatively and pragmatically, don’t they? They realize that you can’t count on anything specific happening, especially with free agents, and thus they don’t make plans assuming good results in that regard two years down the road.

One of the few things that went right this year for the Sox was Adrian Beltre showing up every day, raking, and picking it like crazy at third base. Why wouldn’t the Sox try to re-sign him, and go with Youkilis at first base, taking 2011 before they think about 2012?

  1. BC - Sep 27, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Sign Beltre, then make a decision on whether to sign V-Mart or bring in a cheaper, defensive catcher and get a big bat in the outfield. Then I think your only other decision is Ortiz, whom I think they’ll bring back.

  2. Jonny5 - Sep 27, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Youk at third isn’t going to make the team better. So yeah, sign Beltre or pick up someone else to play that position. I’d keep Youk on first base. I think playing third will result in injury for him from here on out.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Red Sox have the 5th best team in baseball. I wouldn’t change much.

  4. Jonny5 - Sep 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    But big poopy wants a multi year deal. That ain’t gonna happen.

  5. MN Boise Fan - Sep 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    I’d think waiting on a new 1B would be a mistake. If they were to be proactive and trade for a 1B, I could see the move of Youk. Being Proactive will almost always be better than being reactive in that type of situation.

  6. SadPandaRevolt - Sep 27, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    “They realize that you can’t count on anything specific happening, especially with free agents, and thus they don’t make plans assuming good results in that regard two years down the road.” — Tell that to the Knicks.

  7. Xpensive Wino - Sep 27, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Ortiz isn’t worth the money. They could sign Thome for half.
    Martinez isn’t worth the money. A catcher who can’t catch is just another term for DH.
    Beltre isn’t worth the money. The last time he had a great season, he parlayed it into one of the most ridiculous contracts in baseball history. Which, oh by the way, is why he landed in Boston on a one year deal in the first place.
    Just because the Red Sox can spend money like it’s Monopoly, doesn’t mean they always have to.

  8. BC - Sep 27, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Well…. they can’t trade him. Declining the option on a guy who still your biggest HR hitter…. don’t know if that’s smart. Its a club option, right? I say exercise it, unless you think you can get as big or a bigger bat somewhere else (Prince Fielder?).
    It’d also help the club if they swapped out Ortiz for someone who can play the field once in a while. They don’t have a lot of positional flexibility now, other than Youkils. V-Mart really shouldn’t be catching any more.

  9. Jonny5 - Sep 27, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    They offer him the year, then he walks. I think that’s the prime situation for Boston.

  10. Sumerduckman - Sep 27, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Well, I predict they snag Adam Dunn on a multi year deal, and put him at first and/or dh.

  11. APBA Guy - Sep 27, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    The other problem for Boston was the rotation. Lackey, Beckett, and Dice-K all under-performed. Theo has to decide if that was a one-time thing or a problem that needs to be fixed.

  12. bigtrav425 - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Why wouldnt they sign Beltre? did you happen to watch baseball after the last time he got a big contract? he took on of the BIGGEST shits ever.I dont know whats in there farm system to say what to do but usually stop gap/decent 1st basemen are easier to find then 3rd basemen

  13. Jess_Ball - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    It’s too bad you guys can’t land Ryan Zimmerman. It’d be impossible, but he’d be perfect at 3rd… and perfect for the Red Sox. Prince doesn’t have the ability to DH, yet.
    While I know very little about the Nats, it wouldn’t happen. Too bad. He’d be the best thing that could happen to Boston.

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