What exactly are the plans for the Red Sox moving forward? I have no idea. I have a sense I keep writing about this feeling of confusion. But, normally during the off-season there would be discussions of moves, or potential moves. There would be a list of needs, and a list of players that might just fit those needs. This year? Not so much.
So, I have to keep wondering what the plan is. There are holes all over the place. There are any number of players who could fill those holes, to about the same degree. More troubling, there are no favorites, or dream acquisitions out there. There’s nothing to focus all my attention on. So, I’m finding myself a little bit scattered.
The Red Sox signed David Ortiz. Great. I definitely think that the Sox needed to sign him. After you ship away all your talent to get flexibility, you need to use that flexibility to sign the face of your franchise. So, the Sox have a power hitter in the middle of the line-up. What’s next?
Cody Ross is still out there. Should the Sox sign him? Probably. He’s nothing I’m drooling over. But, he’s at least as good as any of the other options out there. And, he’s at least a known entity. That should give him a little bit of an edge.
I hear rumors that Torii Hunter wants to come play with his good friend, Ortiz. Sure. Why not? Is he a superstar? Nope. Is he at least as good as anything else out there? Yup. What about the kids? What about Kalish? Is he better than Hunter? Ross? Dunno. Maybe. Would I scream at the Sox if they passed on Ross and stuck with Kalish? Not at all. Would I scream if they signed Hunter and left Kalish in AAA? Nope.
Who’s playing short? Is it Iglesias? Bogaerts? Scutaro? Does it matter? Do you just hand the job to Iglesias? Give him a half-season to sink or swim. If he swims, trade Bogaerts? If he sinks, swap him with Bogaerts at the break? Do you sign a Scutaro-type and sit both the kids for another year? Does it affect the line-up no matter what you pick?
Which is really the problem with this off-season. Every hole can be filled by any number of players. Every hole that needs filling probably depends on the hole next to it. There are, what, five certain members of the line-up. The other four can be picks from a grab bag. All the Sox need is to throw something in the bag.
It really makes it impossible to get excited. I’m not checking the rumor mill to see if the Sox are mentioned along with a stud free agent. There aren’t any. If the Sox miss on Ross, Hunter will do. If they miss on both, Kalish will do. There’s no sense of urgency at all.
Which is quite unsettling.