Links 9-20-2010: Beckett and Lackey, farm awards, V-Mart, crowdsourced contracts

Joe Pawlikowski examines Josh Beckett and John Lackey, and concludes that Beckett is probably more likely to return to form next season.

The Red Sox announced their minor league awards for 2010. Pitcher of the year is Felix Doubront, who did great as a starter, then bit the bullet to relieve for the Major League club.

After years of our top prospects kind of flaming out and struggling, Ryan Lavarnway and Anthony Rizzo are building some real value after very strong 2010 campaigns. And don’t forget Oscar Tejeda and Jose Iglesias, who also performed very well this year. Prospect guru John Sickels believes that Rizzo has passed up Lars Anderson as the top 1B prospect in our system.

The Red Sox signed four more international players, according to the Full Count blog.

Sully at Red Sox Beacon puts Darnell McDonald’s season into context for us. Yes, his defense was exposed in center field, but McDonald was better than a lot of  “name” outfielders out there this year. Without him, this team would have been sunk a while ago.

Brian MacPherson compiles the numbers and finds that Victor Martinez has made a big difference to the Red Sox when he’s played. Having that bat at catcher is really valuable, and he’s addressed most of the defensive questions, so that he’s at least semi-adequate behind the dish.

The excellent stats site FanGraphs is running a series on potential free agents. Essentially, people vote for how many years and salary per year. Here are some of the more pertinent results to the Red Sox:

Name Avg Years $M per year
Victor Martinez 3.6 11.8
Carl Crawford 5.5 16.4
Adam Dunn 3.2 12.4

That number for Martinez is pretty much in line with what I was suggesting, though Red Sox Beacon doesn’t want to give Martinez more than two years. Carl Crawford’s number might come down a little if the Yankees are satisfied with Brett Gardner in left field and don’t bid on him. Lastly, Adam Dunn’s number is for being a first baseman in the National League, not a DH in the American League. That’s why he’ll remain there rather than DH over here.


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