Pitching and more pitching.
Tazawa for closer.
Bailey has to be closer next year IMO at least to begin the season. We go him for a reason, and it would make us look stupid to bail on him before he ever pitches when it matters. Im sure BC doesnt want to make it look like we got nothing for Reddick.
And btw, Josh Reddick ended up having a 109 wRC+. Take May out of that equation and its more like 80. Most of his value came in the field, and that wont last forever. He got lucky for a month and everyone cried. The guy is nothing special. Next year hell put up a 2.5 WAR and everyone will forget about him.
I don't know why it's a fair argument if you take out 4-6 weeks of a season. Stats decline for any player if you do that.
But I don't get it, why would we love getting him back when his stats are looking pretty similar to what he did in 2011 (when we thought of him as a 4th outfielder)?
Year Ba Obp Slg Ops Ops+
2011: .280 .327 .457 .784 109
2012: .242 .305 .463 .768 110
Even most of his ther stats stayed pretty much the same. BB% went up by 2%, but although his K% went up.
2.5 WAR sounds unlikely to me since he got to 1.9 in 2011 in less than half the PA's. Maybe he won't sustain a 4.5 WAR in the future, but 3-3.5 sounds about right.
Sorry to do this to you guys because speculating sucks, but it's really all I've got right now:
Any possible plans to trade Andrew Miller, Clay Buchholz, Ellsbury, Lester (I assume no), or Daniel Bard?
Angels extended Ianetta.
Is Conger available? I love to have hive as a backup (if we trade Salty).
I don't think a couple small moves are going to be the answer. I believe we are going to need some type of blockbuster deal. Since blockbuster deals are impossible to predict. Especially since the current FO is impossible to predict. Do they trade Ellsbury, sign Hamilton, or Napoli? I don't think any of these things happen. I believe next years team will not be remotely close to what the general concensus believes will be the case.