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Its Time For Boston To Break From Philosophy + Sign An Ace: Red Sox State Of The Union 2016

The Red Sox will need to spend some money on Pitching this season. But don't be surprised if they overstock on a few more offensive pieces in the lineup, and then use some of their prospects to obtain even more pitching. They orchestrated a trade for Closer Craig KImbrel on Friday. A bona fide shutdown guy with 225 Career Saves and an ERA of 1.63 lifetime. The winter has just started for the Beantowners.

The Red Sox will need to spend some money on Starting Pitching this season – and preferably and ace.. They orchestrated a trade for Closer Craig Kimbrel on Friday. A bona fide shutdown guy with 225 Career Saves and an ERA of 1.63 lifetime. The winter has just started for the Beantowners.  With many veterans currently aging, and the young nucleus all being under team control, the time to capitalize on the higher drafting as a result of finishing last in the AL East 3 times in 4 years is right now.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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Okay, for years the Boston Red Sox would never pay for a #1 Starter on the Free Agent Market – even their owns. They traded away Jon Lester prior to trying to resign him in 2014, and it backfired on them when he hit the Free Agency market not having played his entire career in Boston.

For the most part, I have agreed with the idea of not paying a guy as an ace.  Here is the problem..The team had finished last in the AL East 3 of the last four campaigns, and that is unacceptable.

You add in Ben Cherington doling out long term deals to Rick Porcello, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval in the last year, and all had bad years.  So the temptation may not be to sign anyway.  Again, wrong.. You are the Boston Red Sox.

Well mired in the lower tiers of records the last 4 years (except for the 2013 season), the club has accumulated a great deal of talent in the Minor Leagues.

The franchise is in great shape heading forward, but this comes down to the right time to strike on the rest of the league.

David Ortiz is incredible based on the consistent numbers he has put forth since everyone thought his career was winding down several years ago. The 40 Year Old DH continues to bash homers, win games, and now with a flurry of trades, the organization has given him some reinforcements on offense. This winter around the club needs to work on the other side of the ball. Boston has done well in drafting/signing position players, however the team can't wait to develop a #1 style of pitcher. They need to win right now.

David Ortiz is incredible based on the consistent numbers he has put forth since everyone thought his career was winding down several years ago. The 40 Year Old DH continues to bash homers, win games, and now with a flurry of trades, International signings, and draft picks, the organization has given him some reinforcements on offense. This winter around the club needs to work on the other side of the ball. Boston has done well in drafting/signing position players, however the team can’t wait to develop a #1 style of pitcher. They need to win right now.

How many years does David Ortiz have left? What about the production of Dustin Pedroia?  Lord knows Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez aren’t becoming any younger.

Also, the club has several young budding superstars like Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts under team control. You add in OF Rusney Castillo and Infielder Yoan Moncada, and the future looks bright.

It is a team composed of some veterans and youngsters.  The squad just added the premiere Closer in the game a few days ago in Craig Kimbrel.  Another guy who will be around for a few seasons.

The Red Sox still brought in over 2.8 Million Fans to Fenway Park in 2015, however this marked the 3rd straight season they failed to top the 3 Million people barrier – after doing for over a decade straight.  How long will the faithful accept finishing 5th in the AL East?

Ben Cherington’s financial decisions aside from last year, the club does have the ability to take on one big contract for a pitcher – and then skate around the Luxury Tax.

With the TV money coming in now, and the Beantowners never being worried about spending so much money before, who cares if they go just slightly over the limit.

The Rotation of Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Wade Miley, Joe Kelly and Co. vastly underperformed in 2015.  It may just be too much for the franchise to ask them to hold down roles higher than they are capable of.

If you brought in a David Price, Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke or Jordan Zimmermann, then you are talking about realistic slots for the rest of the guys.

Perhaps falling back to his rookie year, Miley could be a great #2 or #3 guy.  Joe Kelly (Mr. Cy Young himself) was pretty decent as a back end Starter for a competitive Cards team for a couple of years.

Rick Porcello may never climb higher than a #3 Starter, even though he is being paid and absurd AAV of over $20 MIL per year for the next 4 campaigns.

The club still has great bench players like Brock Holt, Travis Shaw and Jackie Bradley JR. all served well in the 2015 season.

The Bullpen was given a huge lift by adding Kimbrel.  This will take a huge amount of stress for the rest as well.  Adding a few other late inning arms via their system or Free Agent signings will help all other things fall into place.

I think David Price and Jordan Zimmermann are better fits in Boston than Cueto and Greinke, either based on the competitive nature of the 1st two guys, but if they first guys aren’t secured on a contract, Cueto and Greinke could fit the bill.

Greinke is going to take a mountain full of cash to sign (as is Price), and he has had problems in the past with anxiety.  I may be a little bit leery of that for the Red Sox, however you can’t argue with his record the last few years with the Dodgers.

Bar none, Greinke has been one of the best pitchers in the MLB over the last 3 years.  These guys don’t grow on trees.

It is nice the Red Sox still hold patience with Henry Owens and Eduardo Rodriguez, but they can’t afford to enter the 2016 year with them as viable top end of the rotation Starters.

Especially in the AL East, where it lacks the amount of #1 Starters, the Red Sox could really advance themselves by having the best Starting Pitcher in the Division.  Look at what it did for the Blue Jays in the last 2 months.

With devastating lineups featured by the Jays, and the Yankees in their home park, the Red Sox need a showstopper.  You also have to factor playing the pitching heavy Rays 19 times a year.

I am not saying for the organization to sign multiple guys in Free Agency to long term deals, but they should definitely risk inking one guy this offseason.  Next year the crop of Starting Pitchers isn’t as deep, the time to go for it is right now!

Dave Dombrowski was hired as GM, and he has shown a great deal of value in his past two organizations (Detroit and Miami) in building a World Series caliber type of team by adding Free Agents. If given the green light by the management, look for him to lure a #1 Starter to the mix in time for 2016. The club still needs to round out the Relief Core, but the positional players needed may just be a few, except if he decides to sign a guy they would have plenty of prospects to deal away in order for another piece the team may need.

Dave Dombrowski was hired as GM, and he has shown a great deal of value in his past two organizations (Detroit and Miami) in building a World Series caliber type of team by adding Free Agents. If given the green light by the management, look for him to lure a #1 Starter to the mix in time for 2016. The club still needs to round out the Relief Core, but the positional players needed may just be a few, except if he decides to sign a guy they would have plenty of prospects to deal away in order for another piece the team may need.

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