Originally Posted by blandman
No, it is like that. Or rather, it is EXACTLY that. Yeah, we've got one piece. But baseball is a team game where you need 22 -25 legitimate pieces, 10 - 15 at a very high level (depending on how good those top ones are). On top of that, there's very little in line of upcoming talent in the next few years. Depending on personal opinion, there are anywhere from 2 to 7 legitimate pieces on this squad for next year. Not only do we have THAT much to fix, we have more to fix than pretty much any other squad in baseball (considering the sad state of both our major league roster and our minor league system). We've made some good moves this off-season, but lets not act like we're not in line for another 90 loss season.
I will act like that because with competent defense, some bullpen depth and without the clowning on the basepaths and in the dugout (no way to fix that), this team wouldn't have lost 90 games.
And I don't agree that we are in the worst position in baseball because our starting pitching is better than 1/2 the teams in baseball.
If the Sox are subscribing to the BP/Keith Law philosophy that the Astros have it right, then the Sox should trade Sale and never should have signed that free agent.
Otherwise, I think this team can win 75-80 gams ball getting a defensive center fielder in here, signing a catcher like Salty, and signing another bullpen pitcher or 2. Another bat would help as well. More moves to come next year.
We can wait til the cows come home for the minors to produce an all star position player, but none is in sight. Most farm systems don't produce any on a regular basis either, no matter how can't miss those players are. A more productive farm system would give us some trade bait though, which we sorely lack.