Originally Posted by Frater Perdurabo
This analogy isn't perfect, but it's a useful illustration: This Sox team is roughly where the 87/88 Sox are.
Sale is McDowell. Beckham may finally be developing into a solid infield leader and hitter like Ventura. Reed is Thigpen. Carlos Sanchez, down on the farm, could be another young all-glove, zero power shortstop like Ozzie. Quintana and Santiago could be like Greg Hibbard and Eric King. Nate Jones could be Scott Radinsky.
Rios, Crain and Alexei might together net us in quantity the equivalent of what we got in quality for Harold Baines. Perhaps out of the prospects we acquire we nab a catcher or center fielder and a reliever who contribute next year. And we'll get salary relief from Paulie and Floyd's expiring contracts, which can be used to sign two stopgap outfielders and a catcher.
No, we haven't just drafted another Frank Thomas. But maybe we get a really solid hitter with our 2014 first round draft pick, and, after a lousy 2014, we draft the next Alex Fernandez in 2015.
By not trading away our young starting pitching, we could be rebounding by 2015 and competing by 2016.
There are similarities but the one thing the Sox did in the late 1980s was execute some great trades. We need Peavy up and running to have some firepower do that. What we got for Bannister and Baines was incredibly important to our 1990s run. Hibbard and Melido Perez came from the Bannister trade. Sosa, Fletcher and Wilson Alvarez came from the Baines trade. We traded two players and got 5 starting players....would you take that this time around? In our dreams.
Just take your time, Hahn, and get the most out of these teams that you can.
Then there's Ivan Calderon. We made a great trade to get him, used him, and then flipped him (along with a decent middle reliever) for the great Tim Raines. Think we can pull that off this time around?
The key to that period was great, and I mean great, trading.
And for some reason, JR fired Larry Himes and Torborg and hired Scheduler and the mediocre Lamont.