Boston gets Masteron, Hagadone, LaPorta Cleveland gets Morales, Melancon, Linares and Gomes
Why this trade? Well we need a pitcher that is going to give us 200IP. Im not saying that Masterson is going to be an ace. However I feel like he will bounce back. I think you could expect 15 wins out of him. LaPorta is just a throw in. He's a maybe a change of scenery type. Hagadone could be a very good lefty out of the pen.
Boston gets Morrison, Mark Canha Miami gets Salty, Iggy, Vitek, Pimentel.
I'm a big fan of Morrison. I believe you can throw him in L.F with Gomes and get a lot of production. I feel like Morrison is a potential star. We also need a LH power bat. I like Canha, he could be our 1B of the future. Not saying he would be but he has a very nice bat.
1B/C/DH Mike Napoli 3 years @ 30 mil
SS Stephen Drew 2 years @ 8 mil.
1B Casey Kotchman 1 year @ 2 mil
SP Jair Jurrjens 1 year @ 4 mil.
Utility guy Brandon Inge 1 year @ 1.5 mil.
With these signings I believe you add good quality players without over spending. Napoli gives us a power bat with good OBP. He'd probably be an average 1b though. He's a good club house guy too. Stephen Drew could be a very good SS for us. He's a great OBP guy. Kotchman is a good 1B, who doesn't tie up years. I like him on days when Napoli catches or DH's. Strictly a depth guy. Same with Inge. Jurrjens is a guy like Drew that could break out again. Really find himself. He could compete for the 5th starter job. Gives us another good quality arm at a cheap price.
1B Mike Napoli
I feel like this is a line up that will wear pitchers out. It will continue to produce runs because of the core. Ellsbury and Pedroia is still one of the best top two in baseball. Ortiz and Napoli will be a very under rated heart of the order. I put Morrison in the 5 hole because I wanted to keep the L R L R in tact. I think you will get a break out year for him. Thats not saying 300 40 hrs. Just a better year then he's been having. If WMB, Kalish, and Lavarnway can progress and start to live up to the potential your talking about a very good bottom of the order. Drew in the 9th gives you a good bat in front of Ellsbury. Drew takes pitches and can draw walks. His OBP is needed there. All in all its a line up that will produce runs. We will still be in the top 5 in runs.
It's a solid bench. Gomes, and Ross are absolutely great bench players. The rest of the guys are what they are, situational bench guys. Your not going to get a lot out of them.
Lackey/Jurrjens/De La Rosa
This rotation intrigues me. I didn't feel like over spending for a SP is necessary. I fully expect Lester, Buchholz, and Masterson to bounce back. I'm not saying 20 game winners. Lester will pitch like a #1(not ace). Doubront IMO will continue to improve, I see him being more efficent with his pitches and lasting longer in games. For the last spot I believe that Lackey will ultimately win it. Jurrjens will be a very good spot starter, and long relief guy. De La Rosa will start in AAA but be in the rotation by mid season.
Cl Andrew Bailey
SU Daniel Bard
I feel the same way with the bullpen as I do with the starting rotation. I fully expect Bailey and Bard to bounce back. While Tazawa continues to develop into a very good reliable 7th inning guy. I don't however know what to expect out of Carpenter or Wilson. Aceves will be affective as usual. The lefties could really turn out to be great.
All in all a quiet off season, but one that is a smart off season. It doesn't take from the farm, or add crazy payroll. It's what we need. This team could absolutely be in the play off hunt. Not because of what was added via F.A/ trade. More because of the bounce backs of our core players. The added players are great compliments to our core.