Originally Posted by doublem23
Konerko may or may not be done. With one year left on his contract, I'm willing to find out for sure. AJ may be gone, which would be OK with me. I agree that someone will likely overpay for him, unless he is willing to give the Sox a deep, deep hometown discount. Rios has always been an enigma, but you've got to be completely out of your mind if you think Keenyn Walker or Trayce Thompson or even Jared Mitchell are ready to play RF in the Majors everyday. It's absurd.
I'll take the aging core that can be likely counted on for 85 wins and see if I can find 5-10 more wins by bringing in a few key guys that give the team some roster flexibility and help keep the vets fresh. It's a much more desirable plan to me than blowing the team up with absolutely no blueprint and stumbling to a 62-100 season. You'd think someone living in Chicago, watching the Cubs would have some sense as to how horrible that is.
I don't believe this is the case. I don't think the core can give you 85 wins next year, I just don't.
Thompson or Walker would take over CF with De Aza moving to LF, where he's much better, and Dayan in RF. I don't really think they're ready either. I'd be fine with keeping Rios (he is my second favorite player on the team), but I'd prefer to shed more payroll.