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With the looming trade deadline and Hahn's recent declaration that everyone is available outside Sale and Konerko, what do you think this club is going to look like a year from now? I'm thinking it'll be something like:

 

C Flowers/Phegley

1B Dunn

2B Beckham

SS Call-up/free agent

3B Gillespie/Morel

LF De Aza

CF Call-up/free agent

RF Danks

DH Viciedo

 

SP Chris Sale

SP Erik Johnson

SP John Danks

SP Jose Quintana

SP Hector Santiago

 

CL Addison Reed

RP Nate Jones

RP Free agent

RP Free agent

RP Free agent

RP Call-up

 

Just staring at that potential lineup makes me incredibly sad, but that is the reality of the situation the Sox are in. Looking at the 2014 free agent class, there isn't much there that excites me. I would love a "younger" impact bat along the lines of Brian McCann or Shin Shoo Choo, but I dont think either of those guys are coming here. Might need to focus on good defensive guys and retooling the bullpen to even remotely have a chance at competing.

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C

1B

2B Beckham

3B Gillaspie

SS

LF

CF

RF

 

SP Sale

SP Quintana

SP Santiago

SP Danks

SP

 

CL Reed

RSU

LSU

MR Jones

MR/Righty Specialist

Lefty Specialist

LR Axelrod

 

Bench

C

2B/SS

3B/1B Morel

OF Danks

 

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C Phegley

1B Kyle Blanks

2B Keppinger

SS Alexi Amarista

3B Gillespie/Morel

LF Viciedo

CF Danks

RF Corey Hart

DH Viciedo

 

SP Chris Sale

SP Erik Johnson

SP John Danks

SP Jose Quintana

SP Tyson Ross/Gavin Floyd

 

CL Ramon Tronosco

RP Nate Jones

RP Jhan Marinez

RP Santos Rodriguez

RP Donnie Veal

RP Joey Devine

 

Trade Santiago, Crain, and Flowers to the Padres for Blanks, Amarista, Ross, Adys Portillo and Cory Spangenberg. Bullpen is basically a revolving door while the Sox evaulate guys from the system that can be long term contributors. Of course other deals will bring back players as well, but I they will probably not all be ready to contribute on opening day.

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C Flowers/Phegley

1B Dunn

2B Beckham

SS Ramirez

3B Gillaspie / Keppinger

LF De Aza

CF Trayce Thompson

RF Granderson

DH Viciedo

 

SP Chris Sale

SP John Danks

SP Jose Quintana

SP Hector Santiago

SP Erik Johnson

 

 

CL Addison Reed

RP Nate Jones

RP Simon Castro

RP Dylan Axelrod

RP Free agent

RP Daniel Webb

 

 

 

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DH Dunn

SS Beckham

3B Gillaspie

 

SP: Sale, Quintana, Santiago, Danks, Axelrod

RP: Reed, Jones, Veal, Omogrosso

 

Bench: Gimenez/Flowers, Keppinger, Danks

 

All other roster spots: players acquired from trade or FA

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C Pierzynski

1B Belt

2B Cano

SS Beckham

3b Machado

RF Rios

CF De Aza

LF Viciedo

DH Dunn

 

SP Danks

SP Peavy

SP Santiago

SP Quintana

SP Axelrod/Johnson

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QUOTE (IowaSoxFan @ Jun 28, 2013 -> 08:55 AM)
C Phegley

1B Kyle Blanks

2B Keppinger

SS Alexi Amarista

3B Gillespie/Morel

LF Viciedo

CF Danks

RF Corey Hart

DH Viciedo

 

SP Chris Sale

SP Erik Johnson

SP John Danks

SP Jose Quintana

SP Tyson Ross/Gavin Floyd

 

CL Ramon Tronosco

RP Nate Jones

RP Jhan Marinez

RP Santos Rodriguez

RP Donnie Veal

RP Joey Devine

 

Trade Santiago, Crain, and Flowers to the Padres for Blanks, Amarista, Ross, Adys Portillo and Cory Spangenberg. Bullpen is basically a revolving door while the Sox evaulate guys from the system that can be long term contributors. Of course other deals will bring back players as well, but I they will probably not all be ready to contribute on opening day.

 

 

I understand the whole "rebuilding, who cares what side" argument regarding the lineup, but this division is far too right handed to be using a lineup that right handed. Also, if they signed Corey Hart and added 0 other hitters, it would be the most pointless exercise in exercising exercises that I'd exercise my right to pound my exercised head against a brick wall, which will also be exercised.

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QUOTE (IowaSoxFan @ Jun 28, 2013 -> 08:55 AM)
C Phegley

1B Kyle Blanks

2B Keppinger

SS Alexi Amarista

3B Gillespie/Morel

LF Viciedo

CF Danks

RF Corey Hart

DH Viciedo

 

SP Chris Sale

SP Erik Johnson

SP John Danks

SP Jose Quintana

SP Tyson Ross/Gavin Floyd

 

CL Ramon Tronosco

RP Nate Jones

RP Jhan Marinez

RP Santos Rodriguez

RP Donnie Veal

RP Joey Devine

 

Trade Santiago, Crain, and Flowers to the Padres for Blanks, Amarista, Ross, Adys Portillo and Cory Spangenberg. Bullpen is basically a revolving door while the Sox evaulate guys from the system that can be long term contributors. Of course other deals will bring back players as well, but I they will probably not all be ready to contribute on opening day.

 

 

I understand the whole "rebuilding, who cares what side" argument regarding the lineup, but this division is far too right handed to be using a lineup that right handed. Also, if they signed Corey Hart and added 0 other hitters, it would be the most pointless exercise in exercising exercises that I'd exercise my right to pound my exercised head against a brick wall, which will also be exercised.

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This guy's dead... take him off the list then..

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QUOTE (The Ultimate Champion @ Jun 28, 2013 -> 07:47 AM)
C

1B

2B Beckham

3B Gillaspie

SS

LF

CF

RF

 

SP Sale

SP Quintana

SP Santiago

SP Danks

SP

 

CL Reed

RSU

LSU

MR Jones

MR/Righty Specialist

Lefty Specialist

LR Axelrod

 

Bench

C

2B/SS

3B/1B Morel

OF Danks

This is the most realistic if that's what you want. We don't know what the lineup will look like in August much less 2014.

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I was thinking what's the cable lineup for 2014 since I probably wont care to watch the team unless a "Trout" type player emerges from the farm system. Since 2007 they have been one of the most boring teams to watch.

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QUOTE (LittleHurt05 @ Jun 28, 2013 -> 09:03 AM)
C Pierzynski

1B Belt

2B Cano

SS Beckham

3b Machado

RF Rios

CF De Aza

LF Viciedo

DH Dunn

 

SP Danks

SP Peavy

SP Santiago

SP Quintana

SP Axelrod/Johnson

 

While I would do the Machado for Sale deal, I dont know that the Oriolers would be interested in that.

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C Flowers

1B Dunn

2B Keppinger

3B Gillaspie/Morel

SS Beckham

LF Viciedo

CF De Aza

RF Pence

DH Morales

 

SP Sale

SP Danks

SP Santiago

SP Quintana

SP E. Johnson

 

Because why not. Won't bid high for the best outfielders, but Pence will be a nice player that may not be overpaid and should be able to be a piece for a winning version of our team and/or a nice stop-gap player if things don't work out. A player that could potentially have value near that of Rios with lower salary. With departures of Rios, Peavy, PK, Floyd, Crain, Thornton, we'll still be saving money even if we pay market value for Morales and Pence. Won't need to add FAs for rotation. Might look at a vet or two for the 'pen and Lindstrom may be brought back via team option if he is not traded.

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C- Suzuki

1B- Lind

2B- Beckham

SS- Ramirez

3B- Gillaspie/Keppinger

LF- Viciedo

CF- Granderson

RF- Rios

DH- Dunn

 

SP- Sale

SP- Danks

SP- Johnson

SP- Quintana

SP- Santiago/Axelrod

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QUOTE (fathom @ Jun 28, 2013 -> 11:00 AM)
C- Suzuki

1B- Lind

2B- Beckham

SS- Ramirez

3B- Gillaspie/Keppinger

LF- Viciedo

CF- Granderson

RF- Rios

DH- Dunn

 

SP- Sale

SP- Danks

SP- Johnson

SP- Quintana

SP- Santiago/Axelrod

 

That is about as bad as you could make the outfield, defensively.

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QUOTE (fathom @ Jun 28, 2013 -> 10:00 AM)
C- Suzuki

1B- Lind

2B- Beckham

SS- Ramirez

3B- Gillaspie/Keppinger

LF- Viciedo

CF- Granderson

RF- Rios

DH- Dunn

 

SP- Sale

SP- Danks

SP- Johnson

SP- Quintana

SP- Santiago/Axelrod

 

The second Granderson set-back of the season is making his affordability more and more likely.

 

Hometown discount?

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Personally I hope that after these moves we will make at the deadline & during the offseason we end up with a better CF option than Curtis. Nothing against Curtis, and again I have no problem signing vets to fill the spaces that the young guys aren't ready to take, but really CF & SS is of major concern. You just can't count on Trayce. If by some magical turn of events he becomes an MLB starter then you thank your lucky stars & consider it a potentially excellent player falling into your lap.

 

I keep mentioning Martin because he might be out there, and he's MLB ready with a nice floor. We should try to get players like that, real CFers who aren't going to K 4 billion times and can play now.

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C Phegley

1B Morales (free agent)

2B Keppinger

SS Beckham

3B prospect (acquired in Rios or Peavy deal)

LF Viciedo

CF Granderson (free agent)

RF prospect (acquired in Rios or Peavy deal)

DH Dunn

 

IF free agent

IF Gillaspie

OF Danks

BC Flowers

 

#1 Sale

#2 Danks

#3 Lincecum (free agent)

#4 Santiago

#5 Johnson

 

CL Reed

SU Jones

SU Webb

MR free agent LHP

MR Castro

MR Rodriguez

LR Rienzo

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C- Dioner Navarro

1b- James Loney

2b- Beckham

SS- Jose Iglesias

3b- Jim Negrych

LF -DeAza

CF- Leonys Martin

RF- Josh Redick

DH Dunn

 

Did only the position players just for fun since I really don't think anyone can accurately predict who will be on the Sox in 2014.

Edited by CaliSoxFanViaSWside

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Part ideal, part realistic:

 

C- AJ

1b- Napoli...or Morales

2B- Gordon

SS- Alexei

3B- Gillaspie/Keppinger platoon

RF- Rios

CF- De Aza

RF- Viciedo

DH- Dunn

 

1. Sale

2. Peavy

3. Santiago

4. Q

5. Danks/Johnson/Axe

 

Jones and Reed out of the pen.

 

Fire Robin. Hire an actual candidate. In the least abuse MLBs new second hitting coach rule and bring in Omar Vizquel. He wont help with the hitting but Alexei should be a million times better defensively. Hopefully.

Edited by Buehrle>Wood

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C Phegley

1B Viciedo

2B Keppinger

SS Beckham

3B Gillaspie

LF

CF Danks

RF Thompson

DH Konerko

 

IF

IF

OF Mitchell

BC

 

#1 Sale

#2 Danks

#3 Quintana

#4 Santiago

#5

 

CL Reed

SU Jones

SU Webb

MR Lindstrom

MR Heath

MR

LR

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I don't understand why we want Granderson. He's a LF masquerading in CF, he strikes out 25%+, and is becoming old and injury prone.

 

Used to be really good, but now he'd just be a bad contract.

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QUOTE (CanOfCorn @ Jun 28, 2013 -> 01:50 PM)
C Phegley

1B Viciedo

2B Keppinger

SS Beckham

3B Gillaspie

LF

CF Danks

RF Thompson

DH Konerko

 

IF

IF

OF Mitchell

BC

 

#1 Sale

#2 Danks

#3 Quintana

#4 Santiago

#5

 

CL Reed

SU Jones

SU Webb

MR Lindstrom

MR Heath

MR

LR

 

BOLD! Predicting Konerko is here but Dunn is gone.

 

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QUOTE (IowaSoxFan @ Jun 28, 2013 -> 02:55 PM)
C Phegley

1B Kyle Blanks

2B Keppinger

SS Alexi Amarista

3B Gillespie/Morel

LF Viciedo

CF Danks

RF Corey Hart

DH Viciedo

 

SP Chris Sale

SP Erik Johnson

SP John Danks

SP Jose Quintana

SP Tyson Ross/Gavin Floyd

 

CL Ramon Tronosco

RP Nate Jones

RP Jhan Marinez

RP Santos Rodriguez

RP Donnie Veal

RP Joey Devine

 

Trade Santiago, Crain, and Flowers to the Padres for Blanks, Amarista, Ross, Adys Portillo and Cory Spangenberg. Bullpen is basically a revolving door while the Sox evaulate guys from the system that can be long term contributors. Of course other deals will bring back players as well, but I they will probably not all be ready to contribute on opening day.

 

Why would anybody want Flowers? Santiago is a decent prospect, nothing special. Crain is good, but old. Why would the Padres ship us all those guys for one stiff, one decent lefty and a good but aging setup man?

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QUOTE (greg775 @ Jun 28, 2013 -> 03:40 PM)
Why would anybody want Flowers? Santiago is a decent prospect, nothing special. Crain is good, but old. Why would the Padres ship us all those guys for one stiff, one decent lefty and a good but aging setup man?

Santiago is a heckuva lot better than a "decent, non-special prospect".

 

Flowers would be a decent backup C and actually would be a decent fit for Petco since when he does get ahold of a ball he hits it a long way. He also still has some promise to improve with time. Not a lot of value, but teams do need cheap backup catchers.

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