Roll the Dice

In a desperate attempt to salvage the 2015 season, here are some gambles the Red Sox can afford to make:

  • trade for a front line pitcher using some of the following as bait:
    • Pablo Sandoval
    • Mike Napoli
    • Jackie Bradley Jr.
    • Joe Kelly and any one pitcher in the current rotation.
  •  Seal off the infield with Brock Holt at third, Xander Bogarts at short, Dustin Pedroia at second, and a platoon of Travis Shaw, David Ortiz or Allen Craig at first.
  • Outfield: Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts and a platoon of Shane Victorino and Alejandro DeAza; Daniel Nava as another  left-handed bat.
  • Catcher is actually a bright spot- everyone deserves a role in the second half of the season.
  • The rotation is a crapshoot, but let’s start like this, until the frontline pitcher arrives.
    • Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, Justin Masterson, Wade Miley, and Brian Johnson. Three left-handers is good insurance against the Yankees.
  • The bullpen is a disgrace, except for  Tazawa and Uhehara, but let’s keep Layne and Ogando for the middle innings and bring up Steven Wright.
  • The rest of the bullpen is nuisance value: Craig Breslow, Robbie Ross, Heath Hembree. Probably none of them will be valued in trade.

A “frontline pitcher” does not necessarily mean Cole Hamels or Johnny Cueto. It means a healthy, consistent performer who can win 8-9 games for the rest of the season. Anyone need a free-swinging third baseman?

If the Red Sox weren’t so close to forming a contending team, there would be no need for desperate measures. A roll of the dice could still turn the season around and make Ben Cherrington and John Farrell look like geniuses, instead of bumblers.

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