December 9, 2005

OH, MY STARS AND GARTERS...:

Tejada asks out; are stars aligning? (Gordon Edes, December 9, 2005, Boston Globe)

If Andy Marte, the 22-year-old slugging third base prospect the Sox acquired from Atlanta, is as good as the Sox believe, it could represent a great leap forward, even if Marte begins next season in Pawtucket, which is the plan for now.

And almost providentially, even as the Sox' brass were flying back to Boston last night, a possible solution to the Manny dilemma may have dropped out of the sky. Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada, claiming to be unhappy with the lack of progress the Orioles have made in putting together a winner, wants to be traded.

Mercy! On the same day the Sox trade their shortstop, arguably the best shortstop in the game might be available, a former American League MVP who drove in 150 runs in 2004 and comes as close to offering fair value in a potential Ramírez swap as anyone out there. And here's what makes it imperative for the Sox, who were already discussing the possibility yesterday, to do everything they can to make this happen: Even the dollars make sense. The Orioles owe Tejada $48 million on the six-year, $72 million contract he signed before the '04 season. The Sox owe Ramírez $57 million.

Replace Ramírez with Tejada, and the Sox become the best team in baseball. The only thing more obvious than his talent is Tejada's burning desire to win. Even his most ardent supporters can't say the same about Ramírez.


Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2005 8:22 AM
Comments

Makes too much sense to probably happen. And Manny is a 10/5 guy so can nix the trade even if everyone else wants it. We'll see.

Posted by: AWW at December 9, 2005 8:45 AM

The hot stove league up there in New England seems to involve inhaling.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 9, 2005 12:38 PM

"The only thing more obvious than [Tejada's] talent is" his obvious massive use of steroids.

Posted by: b at December 9, 2005 12:47 PM

Go Blue Jays! Go Orioles! Go Devil Rays!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 9, 2005 1:28 PM

"Replace Ramrez with Tejada, and the Sox become the best team in baseball."


How? It's like for like. All they do is upgrade in terms of the glove in left field, maybe. (Manny issn't as bad a fielder as people think) And Tejada may have a "burning desire to win", but if iirc he was terrible for the A's in the playoffs. Didn't he make some sort of bone-headed baserunning mistake that cost them a series against the Sox?

The Sox have made some good moves. But pitching is still a big question mark. They've gotta hope that their two kids pitch well, Bloodysock boy gets back to 85% of what he was two years ago, and AJ's arm doesn't fall off (and didn't Gammons report that the AJ mri looked real bad?).

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 9, 2005 2:14 PM

You get the same offense but from SS and Manny is an even worse fielder than people say.

The rotation right now is:

Schilling
Beckett
Wells
Clement
Wakefield
Papelbon
Arroyo
W. Miller

The odds that at least four of them don't have good seasons?

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2005 2:25 PM

But which 5 do you keep? You can't have an 8 man rotation. They are shopping Clements and Wells. The 6 remaining total 2 1/2 (maybe 3) good pitchers at their current ages/conditions.

The White Sox and the Indians have better rotations. So will the Yankeees when all is said and done. The Red Sox were going to be the fifth best team in the league and despite all the lateral moves they are making, that is all they are now, even with Tejada in place of Manny.

Posted by: Bob at December 9, 2005 5:21 PM

I'd be surprised if even three of them have good seasons.

Schilling's health, AJB's shoulder -- both questions.

Miller stunk it up all last season. Clement was a disaster after the all-star break.

Wells is fat and old, with back trouble.

Pap is a youngster who hasn't been tested. Talented, but . . .

You're leaving out the other rookie they brought up late last year too.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 9, 2005 7:34 PM

Jim:

Sure, they could all go down in a plane crash too, but it's reasonable for the team to expect them to be at least okay. Delcarmen & Hansen will be in the pen.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2005 8:08 PM

Bob:

I'd take all 450 lbs of Sabathia and Cliff Lee's a nice starter. Everyone beyond them is just a replacement level starter.

I'll take the Sox staff, but they have no closer and only one serious offensive player who just had a .270 average in his contract year.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2005 8:25 PM
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