Boston’s Areas Of Need

Red Sox assistant GM Ben Cherington told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM Radio that Boston will consider improving its bullpen, adding a defense-first shortstop and finding outfield help this summer (Twitter link). Red Sox relievers have combined for a 4.18 ERA and a 1.85 K/BB ratio, so the 'pen has pitched respectably. Still, the team could use a top arm or two behind Jonathan Papelbon and Daniel Bard.

Adam Everett, now a free agent, would likely be an option for any club looking to acquire a strong defensive shortstop. The Red Sox could also consider John McDonald, who backed up current Boston shortstop Marco Scutaro when both were with the Blue Jays last year.

Mike Cameron, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jeremy Hermida and J.D. Drew have all missed time with injuries this year, but replacements like Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald have filled in admirably. The Red Sox just called up Josh Reddick, but could look outside the organization for outfield help. David DeJesus seems like a fit, since the Red Sox would prefer to add a left-handed hitter.


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start_wearing_purple
5 years 1 month ago

I know I’m sounding like a broken record but I think DeJesus would be a huge help for Boston. All they really need is a half way decent outfield bat who is a decent defender and will stay healthy. Considering the way Bowden’s been pitching lately Moore might be interested in a package surrounding him.

5 years 1 month ago

I know the Sox have an abundance of pitching, but you can never have enough pitching. Is DeJesus really worth Bowden if he’s bounced back?

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 1 month ago

Yes. Ultimately Bowden has no place in the Sox future, if he does his talent level doesn’t make him much more than a future #4 pitcher. On the flip side DeJesus is cheap and effective. I honestly think Bowden is only a starting point to get DeJesus,

elclashcombo
5 years 1 month ago

Very well put regarding Bowden. It does seem like it will take more than that to work out a deal, esp if other clubs are in on DeJesus as well.

dc21892
5 years 1 month ago

I agree. Bowden had chance after chance. I believe the Sox would benefit in a few ways trading for DeJesus. He swings a decent bat, has average speed and is a nice defender. If needed, he could play all 3 OF positions. He’s worth it in a tiny package surrounded by Bowden.

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

Looking LT.. Is Dejesus worth 6M next year as a 4th OF and is he even better than hermida as that for an option? Not to mention what it would cost to get him, since if he was cheap enough, SF that needs him now as a regular in a bad way would have already acquired him.

Agree that KC would want more than Bowden, but is giving them more SP’s that they also need, like a Weiand, Volz or Fife type worth it? Can’t see it really.

Also see a problem with Everet, would like to see in Boston, but with Lowell still around, same with Hall, it just does not fit. Everett’s glove would be tremendous as an all around fit for the right side of the IF and far sight better than anything Billy Hall can do, not to mention, he does not swing at any kind of pitch at the plate either and neither is able to hit a 90mph FB, so nothing lost there. As soon as 1 of the injured OF is back and Lowell is moved, say adios to Mr. Hall and hopefully.. hello to a decent guy to play middle IF positions on a regular basis instead of 1 good play every now and then.

ronny9
5 years 1 month ago

Bill Hall is not going anywhere this year, sorry to disappoint. He gives Francona flexibility in the OF and 3B and CAN (altho it’s not the best scenario) play SS and 2B.

I agree he is not the offensive weapon that he once was, but since you’re talking about when the club is fully healthy and Lowell being gone, there is no way they get rid of Hall.

His positional flexibility is a great thing to have. WHEN Lowell is gone, he will be a key player for this team.

your bench when healthy should be:

-Varitek
-Hermida
-Hall
-defense first player that can handle SS and 2B on an everyday basis if necessary.

riverite10
5 years 1 month ago

Casey Kelly for John McDonald…I like it

redsandyanksfan
5 years 1 month ago

That must be the crack your smoking that likes it lol i know its sarcasim

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

Guess the short term is Josh Reddick back to Boston, cause he just got recalled and Manuel optioned back without ever getting to appear in a game.

Also probably means that Drew’s hamstring might keep him out of a few games and that’s certainly not good. An OF over the next few games consisting of some combo Nava/Hall/Cameron/McDonald and Reddick really reeks bad.

daddysox
5 years 1 month ago

Dejesus and Farnsworth for Reddick, Lars Anderson, and Bowden

jwredsox
5 years 1 month ago

no

daddysox
5 years 1 month ago

well then, that’s that. explanation?

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Anderson might be too much but Bowden and Reddick arent enough..

Wow but then again Anderson hasn’t really hit since 2008

BentoBox
5 years 1 month ago

For 17 games in Portland this year, he hit .355/.408/.677. He was hitting really well then he got promoted to Pawtucket. His stats looked like his 09’s after that.

5 years 1 month ago

The Reds would probably be willing to move Arthur Rhodes if things don’t shake out post All-Star break.

jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

HA a defense first short stop, wasn’t that what scuturo was supposed to be? thats what you get when you sign a what 35 year old short stop who is having a career year. before you sign him

jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

ANd his career year was not all that great, dont get me wrong .283//.379/.409 is a good line but not worth signing the guy like 2 days into free agency

5 years 1 month ago

Why does it matter how long into free agency he was signed? Scutaro has more than lived up to expectations, so I don’t understand your point…

BentoBox
5 years 1 month ago

What’s wrong with Scutaro ? He’s having a nice season compared to the SS before him these past few years. He has been the fourth most valuable SS this year with 1.8 WAR.

0bsessions
5 years 1 month ago

No, that isn’t what he was supposed to be. He was supposed to be a consistent presence. Someone whose defense was at least average (Which it has been) and whose offense has been at least average (Which it has been). His purpose was to plug a gaping hole in the roster in an at least adequate manner in the two years it should take before Iglesias is ready for the majors. In that, he has performed admirably thus far.

Scutaro has actually exceeded the expectations set for him when signed.

JDortmunder
5 years 1 month ago

Dejesus isn’t coming to RS. He’s having a career year and has on great op’ for ’11. Why wouldn’t KC ask for several young P in addition to one of the INF studs? Too expensive.

I’m thinking Fukudome if the Cubs will pay some of his salary.

crashcameron
5 years 1 month ago

anybody know what the Gigantes are offering for DeJesus?
i’d think Schierholtz and a top pitching prospect package
for that matter, BoSox should be able to match with some kind of Reddick/Kalish and Bowden package