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  • January 29th, 2007

    Compelling Thoughts…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:40 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades Comments (3)

    I would be a liar if I didn’t admit that the thought of adding Todd Helton to the starting 9 is a very heady idea..but right now, that is pretty much all it is…

    The big story this weekend is that Colorado has approached the Red Sox about the possibility of trading Todd Helton (and his HUMONGOUS salary) to the Sox for some kind of deal, preferably a young player or two. So the trade possibilities have already been flying, fast and furious: Mike Lowell, Julian Tavarez and Craig Hansen; Any of the young pitchers (Craig Hansen, Manny Delcarmen, Jon Lester, etc etc…)

    Helton still has $90.1 million remaining on his 5-year contract, but apparently, the Rockies would be willing to assume about 1/2 of that…I understand that he would be well suited to Fenway park, and that the is an on-base machine, who works counts, and has a .333 career average, which is the highest among active players….BUT…He is 33 years old, and has been having back problems for the last couple of years, (we already have a member of the starting 9 that will probably spend some time on the DL and that doesn’t even include Manny, if he throws one of this hissy fits–do we really need another?) And he has these numbers in a place where just about everyone is a good hitter–(and just about everyone is a lousy pitcher) Colorado…

    And the fact that they want to trade Mike Lowell–crap–I really like Mike Lowell…I know, I know, if Todd Helton is what is best for the team, it’s not good to be sentimental–But there are SO MANY other reasons not to do this deal–Trading Mike “don’t call me Mikey” Lowell is just the one that bugs me most…Take Tavarez, take one of the young pitchers–with the horrible air in Colorado, TRUST ME , none of them will become another Cla Meredith or Anibal Sanchez…

    Here is something wonky: Helton could have become a free-agent after last season if he had notified the team by Nov. 15, 2006–but he DIDN’T–why??

    But, it seems that the “sacred 6” (Hansen, Delcarmen, Lester, Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Bard) are untouchable–that, and the fact that they will go over any physicals with a fine tooth comb (remember J.D. Drew?)this deal may never happen…

    I am just HOPING Scott Boras is NOT his agent..I have had enough of him to last a lifetime…

    Making Good Deals: Red Sox-related (or used to be) signings that have been rated in the Top 10 “best bang for the buck” signings for this off-season in the Globe today:

    1. Cliff Floyd, $3 million and incentives, Cubs. Floyd appears to be over his Achilles’ tendon injury, and if that’s the case, at age 34, he’ll hit even if he’s platooning with Matt Murton in the outfield. ( always liked Cliff Floyd–too bad he hated it in Boston…)

    2. Trot Nixon, $3 million and incentives, Indians. He will likely play only vs. right-handers, but he’s motivated to produce at a high level. ( I hope he does VERY well–and the Sox sign him back next year…)

    4. David Wells, $3 million and incentives, Padres. His mechanics are flawless, and he’s healthy. If he can make 30 starts, he will be well worth the money. (I guess he signed–I missed THAT…)

    9. Joel Pineiro, $4 million, Red Sox. A guy who once won 16 games in the American League and could protect you in the rotation.

    10. Sammy Sosa, minor league deal, Texas. If he gives you decent right-handed power on a team with three left-handed-hitting outfielders . . . why not? (Why NOT? You want a list???)

    Not sure why this is such a shocker: Curt Schilling went on WEEI today and announced that he will not retire from baseball this year, and is currently in discussions with the Sox for an extension…Well, at least he didn’t retire and THEN come back–Why this surprises anyone is beyond me–Curt is the ultimate gamer, did you really think he would quit while he can still be effective? This is the man who had his ankle sewn back together so he could pitch in the post season…

    But I enjoyed this veiled dig: When asked about pitching beyond 08: “We’ll see what happens…this is not going to be a topic that I want to go back and forth and discuss and have it be a distraction either for myself or for my teammates and my family or the organization. So, I don’t have any plans to retire anytime soon.”

    Speaking of “retiring”: The newest thing on Mercenary Roger front is that now he wants all his potential teammates from the Sox, Skanks and Astros to call him to convince him to play on their team–well, then I am thinking that he will probably go to the Skanks, since no one else likes him enough to actually CALL him to play, except for his heterosexual life-partner Andy Pettitte…

    As Spring Training is fast approaching, (18 days to pitcher and catchers!) the topic that is on everyone’s mind is how the whole bullpen brouhaha will play out–most specifically a closer. While I am of the opinion that the Sox probably have what they need to be sucessfully in their plethora of starters and relivers–it all depends on how (and when) it all falls into place…One of the 1st goals is to stretch out more than 5 pitchers in a starting capacity: The 5 we expect: Schilling, Beckett, Matsuzaka, Wakefield and Papelbon. But pitching coach John Farrell will also be working with Jon Lester, Kason Gabbard, Kyle Snyder and David Pauley. He is also not concerned right now with regard to a closer: “I don’t think we’re at the point of just anointing a closer…but I think there are candidates that will emerge as we get to the middle of spring training…of four right-handed relievers (Mike Timlin, Brendan Donnelly, Joel Pineiro and Julian Tavarez) we feel they’re going to be pitching the bulk of the innings late in the game.”

    And he has his work cut out for him–he has 31 pitchers coming to camp–and needs to narrow it down to 11 or 12–and at least 9 or 10 of the spots are all but taken…It is going to be a VERY interesting Spring Training….

    3 Responses to “Compelling Thoughts…”

    1. Kaylee says:

      I like schilling I hope they extend his contract to allow him to stay here in ‘08.I do not want helton if we have to give up LOWELL i love him=)

    2. laura says:

      I immediately zoomed in on Scott Boras, you made me nervous for a minute before I read that you were hoping he wasn’t the agent. If only he could suddenly decide that it’s time he reach for his true goal in life, discovering how to live underwater and never coming up again.

    3. Christine E. says:

      His True goal in life…very well said! He is SUCH a skeeze ball….

      Can I just say how relieved I am about the whole Todd Helton deal falling through??? Whew!

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