Schilling done; Sox still have enough arms


The trade rumors are spreading: C.C. Sabathia and Erik Bedard are available, as well as a growing number of other veterans. What do you think, should be be trading for these guys? Cleveland would likely want Jed Lowrie and someone like Brandon Moss for their burly lefty rental (there’s no window to negotiate a contract extension), while Seattle would want a bit more. There’s no way 2-3 months of Sabathia is worth that price, but they can ask for a lot because a lot of teams have come calling. We’re still involved, of course, just in case we can land a bargain.

With Curt Schilling now scheduled to have surgery on his shoulder and expected to miss this whole season, the Bartolo Colon move looks to be a master stroke of foresight (also known as hedging your bets). Of course, Colon has been DL’d twice already. That still leaves us a rotation of Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Justin Masterson, all Major League starters, with David Pauley, Charlie Zink, Devern Hansack and Michael Bowden all providing insurance.

Adam Dunn and Matt Holliday have heard their names tossed around, but it doesn’t make sense for the Sox to add one of them, as we already have four starting OFs and a DH. Moss and Chris Carter are also pushing for time in the Majors, as well. I actually don’t see much need on this team, except maybe an elite setup arm or better lefty for the pen. Maybe a veteran slugger (not named Bonds) on a minor league deal as insurance for Papi’s wrist?

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4 Responses to Schilling done; Sox still have enough arms

  1. Pat says:

    I fully expect the Red Sox to make a trade before the deadline, but I have no idea what type of deal.

    I feel like we should be playing our cards like we have the most chips on the table, pressuring other guys into making bad decisions. With no big needs that can’t be handled with our minor league players, we should use this time to maybe trade away a little surplus for big returns if the opportunity arises. Teams that feel they are contenders might get desperate. That’s the type of deal I think the Sox should try to find.

    I am eager to see how Chris Smith does for us. Potentially he could replace Timlin.

  2. Dom says:

    How about trying to get George Scherrill from the Orioles?

  3. drw14 says:

    Are you sure Curt you are hurt, Like the blood on you sock(wink,wink)

  4. redsoxtalk says:

    Here’s Schil’s blog post on the news today:
    http://38pitches.com/2008/06/20/not-a-thing-in-the-world-to-be-upset-about/

    Sure sounds like a farewell to me. The guy deserves a lot of praise for helping to bring the trophy here twice.

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