November 21, 2008

WHO WANTS THE NEW MO VAUGHN?

Would Red Sox dare to shop Big Papi? (Fan Nation, 11/21/08)

Theo Epstein is nothing if not logical, so we wouldn't be shocked to learn that the Red Sox' bloodless general manager is quietly shopping David Ortiz this off-season. We have no hard evidence to support this suspicion, mind you. It's just that, if certain things fall into place during the hot stove season, it makes more sense than some of us wish to admit. Consider: Should the Red Sox win the Mark Teixeira lottery -- and we're absolutely convinced that a lucrative-bordering-on-obscene offer will be forthcoming from Yawkey Way -- manager Terry Francona will be obligated to try to cram four high-quality everyday players (Ortiz, Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell) into three positions (third base, first base, designated hitter).

Guys with his body type just aren't productive very far into their 30s, which is why the Phillies are smart to shop Ryan Howard too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2008 8:34 AM
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