Other Names Soon to Follow?
- A key cog in the 2013 championship lineup, Shane Victorino, is set up to become another casualty of the influx of outfield talent at Fenway Park. Don’t expect the Flyin’ Hawaiian to be shown the door just yet though, as manager John Farrell will surely be looking to hold onto the veteran as an insurance policy on his young outfielders this time around. The health of Ramirez is another question mark, but the team also has Nava to factor in off the bench and at $13 million Victorino is a rather expensive player to leave riding the pine. If the team decides at the All Star break that Betts and Castillo are sound, it seems like the right move to trade the aging free agent to be, Victorino.
- Perhaps the hardest player to make an argument to trade is the penciled in opening day starter Clay Buchholz.Buchholz at the moment represents the pitcher with the most success, most tenure as a Red Sox, and most upside of any in the rotation. But he also pitched like one of baseball’s worst in 2014 and if the team has any hope of reaching the playoffs in 2015 that cannot happen. If he succeeds then by all means roll with him but keep him on a short
leash should he show signs of faltering. The team has usable options in Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson, and Henry Owens (in that order) but if Clay Buchholz does not bounce back the team will have no choice but to bring in a proven pitcher if they are serious about contention. There are too many other question marks in the rotation and the three LHP prospects will need time to get acclimated to big league ball.
- They may not be as valuable as Bradley Jr. or Cecchini, but the Red Sox have a number of other youngsters who are major league ready in Sean Coyle, Travis Shaw, Steven Wright, Brandon Workman, and Edwin Escobar (in order of trade priority). Coyle may have the most upside of the bunch having been elected to the 2014 All Star futures game. He has always put up solid offensive numbers in the minors and has positional versatility so there is surely a team willing to take a chance on him. Shaw may end up being designated for assignment; he has never been a flashy talent but has drawn raves from coaches for his intangibles. As for the three pitchers, they all appeared to be good options for the 2015 bullpen but with the recent additions there, at least two of the three will likely be hard pressed to see much time there. They all bring unique qualities to the table but if the bullpen additions gel, then all three will become surplus.