Originally Posted by Noneck
What other choice is there but the nuclear option with the upcoming FAs? Pick up their options?
The other choice is to do nothing. Play out the season and regroup in the winter.
You can trade veteran relievers with expiring contracts, sure, but you're not going to get anything other than a couple months of salary relief and maybe an organizational player or two.
I hate to say it, but nobody is going to give up a big prospect to have Crain, Lindstrom or Thornton on their team for a couple months.
Also, somebody has to take those roster spots at the big-league level in the short run. Do the Sox have any prospects at all who are prepared for an opportunity? I'm not sure. I don't want to rush kids who aren't ready just for the sake of saving a couple months salary on a couple guys.
It isn't like holding on to veterans is going to hurt this team's draft position. They are going to lose plenty of games regardless.