Tag:Jason Bay
Posted on: July 15, 2009 12:19 pm

Sawx Fans Pipe Dreams

As a Red Sox fan, I am partial to thinking Boston is the best baseball town in the country, and Red Sox fans the most knowledgable and passionate fan base there is (besides this new "Red Sox Nation" crap and the friggin pink-hat post-2004 yuppies with the season tix and Boylston brownstones). Anyways, I listen to a lot of sports-talk radio (103.7 WEEI in Providence and 850 AM Boston), and I hear Sox fans calling and trying to play Theo.

One big problem with some fans is they think real sports can be managed like a fantasy team. This Roy Halladay situation, much like the Johan Santana situation a few summer back, has gotten everyone off their rockers. People calling in thinking the Sox can trade guys like Lugo, Drew, Penny and Saito in a package for the likes of Halladay is absurd. Also, a package of prospects that wouldn't include both Buchholz and Lars Anderson is also not a reality. Toronto, to move the arguably the best pitcher in baseball to a financial behemoth within its own division is ballsy already, therefore, you have to know that J.P. Riccardi is going to want top-flight guys that he can have under his control for a long time. A likely deal would look something like Buchholz, Bowden, DelCarmen and Anderson...something like that. A lot to give up for sure. Other names out there include Reddick, Westmoreland, Masterson, Bard, Hagoden and Casey Kelly.

With these names, we are talking about the latest fruit off the vine of Theo's "player development machine", which has already helped secure one championship in 2007. Now, money is not the issue here, the Sox could certainly afford to sign Halladay to an extension, which he would surely want to facilitate any trade and waive his full no-trade clause. Toronto doesn't want to have to deal him obviously, but they can't afford to keep him with terrible contracts they doled out to Vernon Wells and Alex Rios. Their future lies around Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, Travis Snider, their young pitchers and whatever they can get for Halladay.

Sox fans need to realize to get this guy is going to cost a TON. Also, forget about Hanley Ramirez and Joe Mauer, two other names I've been hearing for next year. While those are two positions the Sox certainly need addressed, both those guys are young, franchise faces. Also, both Florida and Minny are opening new stadiums next year, so those guys aren't going anywhere. We are going to see the Pohlad's finally pony up and pay, because Mauer is the local boy hero demigod.

The Sox will rely on their young guys and the fact that in the next 2 seasons, they have guys like Drew, Ortiz, Lugo and Lowell coming off the books. Papelbon will chase bigger money somewhere else (the Bronx perhaps?), so Bard needs to be kept. The Red Sox priority this season should be to hold onto the young guys, find a deadline bat, and re-sign Jason Bay this offseason. Glad the AL got home field too!!!!

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2009 3:11 pm

Get Out Those Pens and Pencils

Actually, more like calculators and checkbooks. As a rabid fan of all things New England sports, I am a little stressed over the Vince Wilfork, Jason Bay and Phil Kessel contract situations that are hanging over our beloved sporting landscape like ominous stormclouds. I firmly beliee the Patriots will get Wilfork inked to a deal sometime before the season starts.

Jason Bay is an interesting situation. He has been nothing short of spectacular since he arrived. Playing the role of the anti-Manny wasn't going to be easy, but Bay has been a great clubhouse high-character guy, and performed at an All-Star level in left field. Left field at Fenway is a position revered by Sox fans, being the home to Duffy Lewis, and on down to Teddy Ballgame, Yaz, Jim Rice, Mike Greenwell and Manny Ramirez. Bay is on pace this season to have 584 ABs, score 121 runs, have 162 hits, 46 homers with 159 runs batted in, steal 14 bases, 115 walks while batting .280 with a .400 OBP and .594 slugging, making for a .994 OPS. Got to love those numbers right?

I know we Sox fans do not want to see this guy playing left in the Bronx, donning those evil and ugly pinstripes. And the Yankees will have the cash, despite rocking a half-filled stadium so far this year. Hideki Matsui will not be back next year for them, and also Damon and Swisher may be gone as well.

Bay NEEDS to be resigned, and if he goes into this coming offseaon anywhere near those on-pace-for numbers, he will be a huge commodity. The Sox need to lock him up now before the bidding war starts. The concerns over the economy are making the signing hard to configure, but Theo and Co. need to sort it out. We cannot afford to lose this guy, esp. with Ortiz not a power source any longer.

I would not be that surprised to see the Sox get a big bat at the deadline or sooner, but that should not preclude the signing of JayBay.

On the Bruins note, a great regular season and beating the pants off our rivals from Montreal wasn't enough. The bitter taste in our mouths from a heartbreak of a series loss to Carolina has people already forgetting what a spectacular step forward our young players took this year. The core of Krejci, Lucic, Wheeler, Bergeron, Bitz, Hunwick, Stuart, etc. made great strides. Kessel is still only 21 years old, and 36 goals, 24 assists, 60 points and was plus/minus +23. He made $850K last year and deserves a new contract. Keep this kid!!! You let him get away and it will be one of those that come back to haunt the Bruins. They got Krejci got for $11.26 mil. over the next three years, not bad at all. The offseason will be an interesting one with Montador, Yelle, Recchi, Axelsson, Hnidy all free agents, and Hunwick and Bitz needing new deals as well. Who stays, who goes?

The Bruins will be good next year with a healthy Sturm and Bergeron, they need to get some more D, a guy who can skate, hit and movew the puck. But I see another 50 win season. GO B's.
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