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Bring out the old folks

As the Santana deal seems to fade, at least from view if not from the realm of possibility, the young guns in the Sox system (Ellsbury, Lester, Buchhhholz, Lowrie, Masterson, Bowden...) seem to be here for a little while longer at least. Miguel Cabrera is now off the table (a later post, I promise!) and I haven't heard any indication that the Sox are after Haren, Bedard or any other elite, young, available pitcher. So, what will happen this offseason?

We're going to sell the old folks.

Ok, not really old. But, it appears that the two "big" trading pieces that will move this offseason are not the young kids, but two veterans: Tavarez and Coco.

Coco is a very valuable commodity. He's a gold glove-level centerfielder. His hitting numbers could be worse. There's history to give credence to the idea that he may hit well someday again. And he's a hard worker and seemingly great guy. I think the Rangers and Twins are interested. I'm sure some others are as well. He costs about $4 million per year which looks like a bargain in this market.

Rumor has it that a few national league teams are interested in picking up Julian as a starter, which is what he wants to do. He's a very good swing pitcher who can give you lots of innings, some great pointing, and he can punch Joey Gathright if he charges.

Last week it looked like we were going to lose 3 or 4 prospects, now, we might end up gaining a few. I hope the Sox focus on getting some upper level power prospects. The Sox are really lacking in that front and we cannot win with a team starting 9 bats out of the Pedroia-Youk-Lowie mold. They're good players, patient, with very limited pop and athleticism. We need to look past Manny and Papi; we need to figure out where we go as they fade away.


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