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Five Leftfield Targets for Red Sox

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Trading Carl Crawford to the Dodgers was a major coup for Red Sox GM Ben Cherington but it did create a hole in leftfield that Boston needs to fill this off-season.

And how Cherington addresses this need will tell you a lot about what he thinks of his team.

If Boston opts for Ryan Kalish or even Ryan Sweeney in left, that’s a signal Cherington is off on a two or three year rebuilding program.

If the Red Sox add a proven big-league bat that says Cherington wants his team back in the hunt in 2013.

Here are five leftfield targets for the Red Sox to consider:

  • Jason Kubel. Arizona has a surplus of outfielders, particularly with minor leaguers Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollock knocking on the big league door. While everyone speculates that Justin Upton is headed out of Phoenix, he may have just too much talent to deal. Kubel had a good year for the D’Backs but he may be someone the team considers trading to open up a spot for the rookies.
  • Melky Cabrera. This season’s PED poster child could turn into a bargain free agent. The question: Does Cabrera’s drug past drop make him a bargain player on the market? Ryan Braun’s numbers did not drop after being connected with PEDs the previous season (technicality aside). This blog thinks Cabrera will attract a number of offers with teams hoping the same thing happens with him. Boston has the money to step up in free agency. It will be interesting to see whether they pursue Cabrera.
  • Delmon Young. Another free agent, Young has been a player who delivers short of his perceived potential. Still his power numbers (18 HRs, 74 RBIs in 2012) represent an upgrade over what Boston currently has. On a short-term deal (one or two years), Young could be an attractive leftfield option.
  • Alex Gordon. Super prospect Wil Myers has got to play somewhere for Kansas City next season. Jeff Francoeur doesn’t have a contract that lends itself well on the trade market. Gordon is moving to big bucks territory ($9 million in 2013). He could go for pitching – opening a spot for Myers.
  • Mike Cuddyer. If he can bounce back from injury, Cuddyer could provide righthanded power in left. He has two years remaining (at $10.5 million/year) on his Rockies’ contract. With Colorado back to building for the future, he is likely trade bait in some type of salary dump.

Others on the list: Josh Hamilton (some team is likely to go long-term contract at top dollar, don’t see that being Boston), Shane Victorino (likely too pricey for what he delivers), Josh Willingham (don’t see the Twins moving him – but worth checking out), Alfonso Soriano (too old – pass).

Who do you think the Red Sox should play in leftfield in 2013?

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  1. Who would you trade from our farm for gordon?

    Harrison Potrzeba

    October 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    • I would use the Red Sox financial superpower to find a guy like Gordon or Choo on the Indians – who’s salary may be too much for a small market team to find a trade bargain, involving Sox prospects (mid tier, not top tier).

      Albie Jarvis

      October 15, 2012 at 12:02 am

  2. I like the aspect of Victorino. I dont think he will be nearly as pricey as people think. He is looking at Cuddyer or Willingham money sure but length of contract as well. You get Victorino plug him in right field move Ross to left(if retained) and Ellsbury in center. It doesnt cost you anything and gets you a leadoff switch hitter allowing you to plug Ellsbury between Pedroia and Papi to see if he can replicate the power.

    The only player I am trading any decent propect for is Felix Hernandez or someone like him.

    Smartestguyintheroom

    October 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    • I like Victorino too. He had a down year offensively – but will probably still have a pretty high price tag, meaning a team like Boston – with the bucks – should be in position to get him if they want.

      Albie Jarvis

      October 15, 2012 at 12:04 am

  3. Do you think the Angels may try to trade one of Trumbo, Morales, or Bourjos? Seems like they want to keep Hunter and Wells is too expensive not to play. They definitely have an excess of 1B/OF with Trout and Pujols being staples of the lineup and the Sox obviously have glaring holes in both the OF and 1B.

    Dan

    October 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    • Trumbo is young and cheap – so he is a keeper. I could see them dealing Morales. The question there: Will the big-time power return or not? Bourjos probably stays if Hunter leaves via free agency. Wells – they will try to deal in an exchange of big salaries (Alex Rodriguez?). Thanks for your comment.

      Albie Jarvis

      October 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm


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