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Old 08-24-2018, 09:12 PM
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Was listening to MLB Network Radio earlier, and they mentioned how the Sox, whom they feel aren't far away from being the second-best team in the Central, will have money to spend in the offseason. Veteran names like Nelson Cruz, Charlie Morton and J.A. Happ were thrown around.

All the above names are in their mid-30s and above, but that was the whole point. This team needs to add veterans in free agency if it wants to compete soon. As nice as it is to see all the projected rosters for a few years from now, you're kidding yourself if you think the entire starting lineup and pitching staff in 2021 will entirely be made up of guys on the major league roster now and guys currently in the system. Every contender seeks outside help, especially from guys who have been around for awhile, and the Sox will be no exception.

The three players listed would all be intriguing options. Cruz continues to put up impressive power numbers for his age, Morton just won a ring and Happ is a Northwestern guy. The point is Abreu can't lead all these kids by himself, and someone needs to fill the veteran void in the rotation when Shields leaves. I'm not saying go after everyone listed, but I'll settle for one of them. The Sox need to spend money to improve, and the time is fast approaching when they can't afford to buy low as they have the past two offseasons.

Quite simply, time to **** or get off the pot.
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:38 PM
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I want nothing to do with any of those three players. In fact, Iíll do you one better and say that I still want Abreu traded before the 2019 season.

If they are worried about ďleadership,Ē then they can go get a big-time manager.
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:45 PM
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Hard pass on all 3 of those guys. The time to shop for FAs will come but I donít see any reason to pick up a mid-30s player for next season.
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:49 PM
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Hard pass on all 3 of those guys. The time to shop for FAs will come but I donít see any reason to pick up a mid-30s player for next season.
Nolan Arenado after 2019 makes sense. He can play third for a few years, and then can slide over to first base when Abreu ages out if Burger blossoms or if Moncada gets moved to 3B to make room for Madrigal at 2B.
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:17 PM
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Hard pass on all 3 of those guys. The time to shop for FAs will come but I donít see any reason to pick up a mid-30s player for next season.
Agreed. The whole concept sounds bad.
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Old 08-25-2018, 09:32 AM
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The Sox will eventually have to fill several roster holes with players of this caliber. I don't think they need to do it in 2019.

They definitely should be shopping around for guys to sign to 1 year deals and flip at the deadline.
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Old 08-25-2018, 11:58 AM
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Boston has Mitch Moreland, JD Martinez, David Price and Rick Porcello (Porcello wasn't a FA, but they traded a big time player to get him).

The 2017 Dodgers had Turner, Rich Hill, Maeda, Puig, McCarthy

The 2016 Cubs had Lester, Fowler, Heyward, Zobrist, Lackey, Hammel

If you think this isn't happening with some FAs starting on the the team, you're crazy. Some of them (Moreland, Puig, Heyward, Hammel, McCarthy) might not even be that good.
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Old 08-25-2018, 12:12 PM
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I can't really see the point in those three FAs, though. I sure wish we would have signed Cruz back in 2015, but he's going to be 38 this time around.
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Old 08-25-2018, 01:34 PM
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Boston has Mitch Moreland, JD Martinez, David Price and Rick Porcello (Porcello wasn't a FA, but they traded a big time player to get him).

The 2017 Dodgers had Turner, Rich Hill, Maeda, Puig, McCarthy

The 2016 Cubs had Lester, Fowler, Heyward, Zobrist, Lackey, Hammel

If you think this isn't happening with some FAs starting on the the team, you're crazy. Some of them (Moreland, Puig, Heyward, Hammel, McCarthy) might not even be that good.
It’s not that I think it’s happening without free agents, it’s that I think it’s not happening next year even with free agents.

No reason to buy appliances and furniture while the house is still under construction...
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Old 08-25-2018, 01:45 PM
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Itís not that I think itís happening without free agents, itís that I think itís not happening next year even with free agents.

No reason to buy appliances and furniture while the house is still under construction...
Unless you can get an appliance like Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, those appliances are worth keeping in lock-up until the construction is finished.

Same with Arenado...
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Old 08-25-2018, 02:55 PM
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Unless you can get an appliance like Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, those appliances are worth keeping in lock-up until the construction is finished.

Same with Arenado...
I donít foresee this front office shopping for a Viking built-in. They are more likely to order parts and try to fix the forty-year-old avocado-colored Frigidaire.
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Old 08-25-2018, 03:26 PM
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Mid 30s seems a bit too old, if we want some leadership late 20s works for me.
Abreu is a guy a who should be kept around if we need leaders, I don't think any of us know how old he really is but if he had stayed healthy this year he would have stayed close to his averages in the 4 years he's been with the Sox. He is still productive and should be the guy who leads by his play on the field and his classiness off the field.
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Old 08-25-2018, 05:27 PM
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Mid 30s seems a bit too old, if we want some leadership late 20s works for me.
Abreu is a guy a who should be kept around if we need leaders, I don't think any of us know how old he really is but if he had stayed healthy this year he would have stayed close to his averages in the 4 years he's been with the Sox. He is still productive and should be the guy who leads by his play on the field and his classiness off the field.

Do you actually know if hes a leader?



All I know is he hasnt done anything for moncada so far and I dont understand how someone can be a leader if most of the players cant understand whats he saying.
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Old 08-25-2018, 05:32 PM
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Do you actually know if hes a leader?



All I know is he hasnt done anything for moncada so far and I dont understand how someone can be a leader if most of the players cant understand whats he saying.
Thereís a lot more to leadership than what you say. In a lot of cases thatís the least important part.
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Old 08-25-2018, 06:07 PM
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Do you actually know if hes a leader?



All I know is he hasnt done anything for moncada so far and I dont understand how someone can be a leader if most of the players cant understand whats he saying.
He's a leader as much as anyone else on the team.
After 5 years in Chicago I'm sure he has a pretty good understanding of the Engish language, sometimes I think some of the Latino players are playing games with the media when being interviewed.
As far as Moncada, maybe he just isn't as good as we were all led to believe.
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