It has been mentioned here a few times that RSN would not tolerate rebuilding. I happen to agree. But it looks, at this point, like the Sox are just trying to put a team out there that will hang around this season. But, as the team stands now, could you see them contending for a championship? There's too much inconsistency throughout the lineup, and the pitching is fairly poor.
There are also some "bridge guys" that are everyday players, which sort of smacks of rebuilding or waiting for the young guys to come along. So, I ask, what is the difference?
Gonzalez, Loretta, Tavarez, Seanez are four that pop to mind. Wells is another, but he's been hurt all year so I am not sure if he counts.
Crisp is very good and if not for his injury would probably have great numbers. He's young, and it is as though he came from our farm system (although he hasn't)...A young, cheap, talented outfielder for years to come...
Wily Mo is young, but hurt. There is no doubt the FO is looking at him as an everyday outfielder with power. Probably at the end of Manny's contract, not Trot's...
So the outfield in two-three years is probably Wily Mo, Crisp, and David Murphy (who is apparently coming into his own)...and Stern...Ellsbury?
The infield is Youk, Pedroia, Machado and other (Wily Mo at first? Free agent slugger at first or third?)...
The pitching? This is where most of the rebuilding is taking place, and where I start to question the spending...
Seanez and Tavarez are obviously guys they thought would be serviceable giving Hansen and Delcarmen one more year of development in the minors.
Papelbon, as awesome as he's been in the closer role, should move (at some point) to the rotation. If the Sox continue to fall, I could see this happening this year.
Guys coming along?
Lester is up here now. Pauley looks like he needs some more time...
That's a lot of young arms, and many of them need more minor league time. However, I think that Hansen could be just as good as Seanez and Tavarez. Delcarmen has looked pretty good. I think that some team would take Seanez (an NL team) for a prospect or two...Maybe we could trade Seanez for Bard...just kidding.
Not sure what to do about Tavarez. He just looks like damaged goods at this point.
I don't think that many of the position players are ready at this point. Stern actually looked better at the Major League level than he does in Pawtucket. Kapler is nearing a return.
So, rebuilding is not a possibility at this point. But, I do think that the fans would be more tolerant of Hansen, Delcarmen, and Alvarez getting knocked around (but developing) than watching the disaster that is the bullpen now. I am starting to think, though, that the front office might see Delcarmen and Alvarez as a modern day Brian Rose in that they aren't the real deals...Remember how much hype there was about that guy? I would not be surprised to hear that either of those guys get traded.
Maybe getting Gordon from Philly as another setup guy, giving the Sox Timlin, Gordon and Papelbon at the end of the game...That might help, and then throw Hansen in the mix and save Tavarez as your mop-up guy. Then, designate him for assignment when Foulke returns.
They also need another starter...Who's out there? Maybe Lester pans out...He replaces Wells/Pauley...Beckett might turn it around. But even that rotation isn't deep enough to carry this team through. And there are two ifs in that equation...Throw in Clement having to do something...yikes.
Then, what about the lack of power besides Manny and Ortiz? The inconsistency in the lineup? How do you fix that? Another power hitter could solve that problem. They could always trade for Soriano with the idea that he plays RF next year instead of Trot. Hell, maybe they trade Trot and prospects for Soriano? (I know that Trot is in his last year, so they'd need good prospects in that deal). Loretta goes to the bench as the backup. Soriano leads off, followed by Youk, Ortiz, Manny...not too shabby.
But, the question remains...Do you bring up the young arms and let them learn in the bigs (a sort of rebuilding), or do you start trading prospects to try to fix a team with many holes?
I'd rather know that they were writing the season off and building for next year, than to have them try to temporarily fix a team that might do something.