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HBT Daily: Should the Red Sox be sellers now?

Jul 10, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

  1. SocraticGadfly - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Bigger question? Should the Rays now be non-sellers, with the Jays and Yankees racking up more injuries?

  2. 18thstreet - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Thanks for acknowledging that cutting AJP improves the team.

    The white flag move will be when they trade Koji. That’s when we’ll all know the front office accepts that it’s over.

    • mmeyer3387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      I think that you are right. But they may chose to keep koJi, Lester and still trade others for prospects. After all, they have to veteran starters that could be traded and still keep Lester and Koji as part of next years foundation for their pitching staff.

  3. stex52 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Given the general unwillingness of any team in the AL East to dominate, it might be premature.

    Not that the Sox’s chances are great, but it might not take much of a record to win it.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      I assume 85 wins takes the division.

  4. uyf1950 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    The Red Sox have about 2 plus weeks to decide what they want to do. Over the next couple of weeks they play the Astros, Royals, Blue Jay, Rays and Blue Jays again. That’s 16 or so games, they probably need to win 10 of those games to have any chance even a slim one the last 2 month of the season.

  5. yahmule - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Nobody in the AL Least should give up yet. MLB rules state that at least one playoff team must come from that weak raggedy-ass division.

  6. irishlad19 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Talking heads kill me!
    There is no proof that anyone in mgt. is throwing AJP under the bus, but the commentator assumes that to be the case.
    It’s more likely a teammate commented off the record, and that can’t be controlled.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Multiple teammates. And a few teammates who probably nodded in agreement.

      In conclusion, it’s obviously Lucchino’s fault because, um, everyone knows AJP is a bad guy and thus no one is allowed to *say* AJP is a bad guy and they’re glad he’s gone.

      • stex52 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        AJP is a jerk. But he is gone because he is a mediocre catcher who suddenly couldn’t hit with any pop anymore. The bad relations with teammates were just a lucky adder.

        But generally if Osama Bin Laden could hit the curve ball for a .800 OPS there are probably 29+ GM’s in the majors who would have him in the lineup.

  7. lazlosother - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    I’m not so sure they should be sellers even if they don’t think they can make the playoffs this year. They have some good players. They have some good talent ready to come up soon, no? They should keep Lackey. Even if he doesn’t want to honor his contract and they choose to negotiate with him they should get him at a good rate. Re-sign Lester and Uehara. They’ve got Ortiz, Pedroia, Bogaerts, Napoli and Bradley under contract for 15. They have talent on the way up. There will be some useful free agents to pursue if they feel it necessary, both pitchers and position players. If Bucholz and Victorino can bounce back somewhat there is no reason the Sox can’t be right back in it next year.

    Remember how bad they were in 12. They won in 13. I don’t think they are in a postion where the best move is to tear the team down and start again.

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