Friday, November 21, 2008

Papi on the block?

Shocking, surprising.... just idle speculation, but what if...?

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).

Rather than dealing with that conundrum (not to mention the egos), it’s more likely that the Sox would deal one of the quartet — most likely Lowell, assuming he returns in good form after hip surgery. But it’s no longer blasphemous to suggest that Epstein should at least gauge interest in the 33-year-old Ortiz as well.


Mark said...

Oh, what a terrible problem to have that would be!

Seriously, I don't know how much of a market there would be for Ortiz or Lowell, considering their ages, growing lists of injuries.

At this point I think the best to try to trade would be Youk. He just had his career year, and I don't think his value will ever be higher than it is right now. and if they can package him with a pitcher or two to bring back Salty or McCann, so much the better.

Course, that all hinges on them signing Tex, which is hardly set in stone.

tHeMARksMiTh said...

The A's could be interested. What about the Twins (how ironic), the Royals (they need another DH don't they?)?

In all seriousness, Lowell would be the better bet to be traded, but I'm not sure why you wouldn't put Youk in left, and then trade Bay or Drew.

tadthebad said...

Ortiz' contract is not overly burdensome and I don't think it has long 'til expiration.

Youkilis doesn't play outfield, is young and underpaid, so I think he would stay. Bay is Theo's type of bargain, and Drew is Theo's type of grey ghost? Well, Drew is overpriced and probably past his prime. I think it's most likely that Lowell would be dealt...IF...