By David Little – @DLittleMLB
Winter meetings is upon us and Its really one of my favorite parts of the off season, as we get to see tons of moves being made as teams try to shore up their 25 man in preparation for the battles that will be coming. Major players from all 30 teams will be meeting in this spectacle, forced into small spaces in Orlando as they try to wheel and deal to make the improvements each needs. Obviously as a Red Sox fan, we are expecting a lot to happen. We are not behind the eight ball per say, but to not make moves right now could cost us, as our division rivals have acquired Mike Stanton and are most likely determined to keep adding. What the Yankees keep doing will be a common theme for us all season, as clearly they are our main competition. So let’s take a look at what might happen, for us and for the “Rival”.
The Red Sox SHOULD be very active this year during winter meetings, and it stands to reason that we are in active contact with both JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer. Both would give our lineup the power addition so badly needed. Don’t forget the name of Carlos Santana however. He is a gold glove caliber catcher converted to first baseman, who’s a switch hitter and a good power bat. He may be the secondary thought, as the attention is on Hosmer, but I could really see him fitting well into our lineup.
Another option that we all speculated on early in the year was Jose Abreu, and seeing as we have swung MAJOR deals with the White Sox before, you have to wonder if Dave Dombrowski and the White Sox are talking. He’s young, and a great hitter. One of the best young hitters in the league right now. He would be an Ortizian addition to our lineup. If we were able to add him and Martinez, we would easily be one of the favorites to go all the way. People often say, “but what’s the cost” but something that always needs to be remembered in these situations is that prospects are prospects until they prove otherwise. You have to do what you have to do to contend, and adding fairly young and proven players should not scare us away from trading young and not proven prospects.
The last player I want to mention is Julio Teheran. He’s been a stalwart starting pitcher for the Braves for years, and one has to wonder, with the issues currently decimating that franchise would they be willing to deal? I think they would be, and Julio would be a great fit for us.
Lastly, to talk about the rivals, I really do see them signing one of Jake Arrieta or Yu Darvish. Those guys clearly want to win, and the only clear flaw is with their rotation. Right now we take the edge in pitching, but to add one of those two would put them a long way towards being a clear cut favorite.
This time of year truly is like Christmas. You make a wish, and let the teams know. But until then we sit and wait and dream of the “sugarplums” that may be dancing in a Red Sox uniform soon. So Dave D, don’t let us down. We have been good fans, and we deserve more then a lump of coal in our stockings.