Youk to third?

Well, if Mike Lowell decides not to come back to Boston the move of Kevin Youkilis to third base seems logical.
Who would replace YOOOOOUUUKKK?
The answer lies in the obvious and the not so obvious.
The obvious:
is calling up Jeff Bailey (.245/15/60) from Pawtucket in the sense that there would be no trades and no negotiations, but this also seems to be the move that would happen the least. I actually do not even think this one has crossed Theo’s mind because that is how unlikely it would ever happen.
Not so obvious but possible:
1B Adam LaRoche .272/21/88
LF Adam Dunn .264/40/106
1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia .266/11/33
1B James Loney .331/15/67
Personal pick:
would be Adam LaRoche since his career fielding percentage is .995 and he hits the ball very hard. With the bullpen in right field for him at Fenway I feel that he could do some major damage, but we would need to re-sign Mike Timlin so he could have someone catch his homerun shots. In all seriousness, losing Youkilis defense at first base worries me and putting LaRoche there would help maintain the strength of our defense on the corners.
The Pirates may have a yard sale this season, so might as well try to get the early bird special here.

Categories: Adam Dunn Adam LaRoche Barry Bonds James Loney Kevin Youkilis

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  1. Mark November 14, 2007 at 7:35 AM #

    Ortiz to 1st is not an option, and Youk to 3rd probably requires a better backup than Cora because we don't know how Youks body will hold up over 162 at 3rd (or just gets a fluky injury). Ortiz is just not an option for 1st base for a few reasons:
    He is the most important bat, and any risk of injury (especially after a bad year for his knees) is unacceptable. Going from just running the bases to standing for 7+ innings a night is a big marginal change.
    At 1st, he'd need a defensive replacement late, which effectively removes his bat from the late lineup. While I realize we sometimes do this with Manny (and assuming Manny DHs), this isn't as big an issue.
    Ortiz has said that the fact he doesn't need to practice fielding has increased the time he practices batting and studying opponants, which he attributes a large part of his success to.
    Honestly, I think we would see the Sox sign A-Rod, trade for Cabrera (1B), and ship out Youk to a 3rd team before we saw Ortiz/Youk 3/5.

  2. jeremy November 14, 2007 at 4:03 AM #

    I'm not in the "Ortiz can't field" camp at all, and when I saw "Ortiz to 1st is not an option," I was ready to spout off :D but Mark's argument is compelling.
    How about Pedro Feliz? He hasn't spent a whole lot of time at first as a percentage of his career, but that's not necessarily a fatal flaw.
    He's not going to hit for average, but I think he would be able to easily drive in a lot more runs for the Sox than he's doing for the Giants.
    You can probably sign him year to year on short money as well.

  3. Dave B. November 14, 2007 at 5:02 AM #

    Give me Bonds. How often can you get a guy that posted and EqA of .344 on a 1 year deal? Hell be damned to the defense, we could have 6 players with OBP of .380+. Bonds might actually be the best option by far. To bad there is zero chance of it happening.

  4. Shawn Medeiros November 14, 2007 at 6:05 AM #

    Pedro Feliz is an option and that did not come across my mind.
    Good call.

  5. Daniel Rathman November 14, 2007 at 6:09 AM #

    Take it from a guy who watches Pedro Feliz 100 times a year…you don't want him. He swings at stuff five miles off the plate, is in the Wily Mo camp of curveball cluelessness, and just simply does not walk.
    He's a one-year stopgap option because of his defense, but Feliz is definitely not someone to whom you want to give a 3-year deal (which is what he's looking for).

  6. Shane November 14, 2007 at 6:10 AM #

    What's with all the sounds from the ads on the page? And how can I turn them off?

  7. cbc November 14, 2007 at 6:38 AM #

    They sent Brandon Moss down to the Dominican winter league this year specifically to develop skills at first base. My original thought when this happened is that it was in case they have to move Youk to third.

  8. Sean O November 14, 2007 at 6:42 AM #

    I don't trust any of the inhouse options. Moss and Carter simply aren't ready or will never be ready for a starting role.
    I, of course, wish we still had WMP here, so we could send him to the AFL and Dominican Winter League to learn first.

  9. Frank November 14, 2007 at 6:44 AM #

    Sox will open next season in Japan:
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/arti

  10. JaredK November 14, 2007 at 7:10 AM #

    ARod back to NYY minus Boaras??
    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankee

  11. Sean O November 14, 2007 at 7:13 AM #

    BS. I don't buy it for a second. Why would he sign a below-market contract when he otherwise could get an 8 year, $25m contract from the Sox?

  12. JaredK November 14, 2007 at 7:22 AM #

    I think the article says 10 years, 275 mil…27.5 mil per. Not saying the article is accurate, just potentially interesting development if it is true. The Marlins wil be psyched…Dodgers/Angels are gonna get cleaned out on a Cabrera deal.

  13. Sean O November 14, 2007 at 10:09 AM #

    Off topic, but amazing:
    http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/3329/papsbc2.p
    That is Paps' pitching chart for the year, along with the result of each. The number of missed swings is simply astounding.
    http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/web-bas
    That's the link, it's tremendous.

  14. M.A.G. November 14, 2007 at 3:06 PM #

    I think the Marlins are never going to get what they are asking from the Dodgers/Angels unless the LA teams lose their minds. In fact, we can offer them Manny for a much better price.

  15. M.A.G. November 14, 2007 at 3:09 PM #

    What about Loney and Kemp for Manny? I will do it.

  16. Steven Roth November 14, 2007 at 3:15 PM #

    http://wxix.images.worldnow.com/images/7359201_BG
    Youk the Porn Star

  17. JaredK November 14, 2007 at 3:53 PM #

    I can't see LA peddling two of their best prospects, guys who are already contributors for a 36 y/o who makes 20 mil a year…Cabrera is only 24, and while I am not a fan of his baggage that makes him much more desirable then Manny…especially manny playing the outfield in a spacious park and not in Fenway.

  18. Steven Roth November 14, 2007 at 4:44 PM #

    Sox schedule is out…
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/grap
    …and the ticket prices are going, um yeah, UP.
    Oh, the rewards of seeing your team win the World Series!

  19. Sean O November 14, 2007 at 5:29 PM #

    Dammit, looks like slappy is back with the Yankees. This is obviously a major boost to their team, and will only increase the asking price of Cabrera. Sigh.
    Also, our last 7 games are against the Indians and Yankees!?!? And we open in japan? MLB doesn't want us even close to competitive next year. This schedule sucks.

  20. Evan Brunell November 14, 2007 at 5:49 PM #

    We'll have clinched the division by then, Sean. No worries.

  21. M.A.G. November 14, 2007 at 2:17 PM #

    I know Cabrera is much better than Manny. My point was, if the Dodgers are ready to give 4 of their top prospects (that's what the Marlins are asking acording to some sources), maybe they can consider to give half of that for Manny.
    I really don't think it's going to happen. But I don't think LA is gonna give the moon to the Marlins either…

  22. M.A.G. November 14, 2007 at 2:19 PM #

    I'm glad we are opening in Japan. That's a great markett. More money for the team, more money to invest in the team.

  23. Dave B. November 14, 2007 at 2:59 PM #

    The money we will gain from Japan is going to be evenly distributed among all the teams.
    Going to Japan is literally a joke. I can't believe baseball thinks this is a good idea. It is almost as dumb as the NFL sending teams to London.
    Japan already love baseball. We have more and more imports coming here every year. Why on Earth is it so important to have this happen. If is HAS to happen, why not be 2 west coast teams.
    I can't wait for Daisuke not to go and stick it to baseball. This is a dumb idea and it stinks that we have to suffer.

  24. Mostly Running. November 14, 2007 at 4:00 PM #

    Well, assuming there is some commitment not to get tanked on the plane, flying to Japan is not really that big a deal. Mariners and As would make more sense, but it's not like they have to fly to Mars…oh wait, I just checked my facts before posting. Back to Toronto with one travel day? WTF? How about making a few concessions people? That's messed up. How about a stop-over in Antwerp for some football? Thanks MLB.

  25. Sean O November 14, 2007 at 4:04 PM #

    MR-
    The games will happen on March 25/26, so we'll have a week to come back and get ready. The worst part is whether we'll have enough spring training to get ready.
    I'm still very much against it though.

  26. Evan Brunell November 14, 2007 at 4:58 PM #

    I'm for it, but not how it's currently set up.

  27. Evan Brunell November 14, 2007 at 4:59 PM #

    BTW: The obvious isn't Bailey, IMO. It's Chris Carter… who CAN hit. He just can't field. But he IS an option.

  28. Ryne Crabb November 14, 2007 at 6:54 PM #

    Here is something you guys haven't mentioned yet, although it may not be the most attractive alternative available: Scott Rolen is available, the Cards are looking for a SS in return, and Jed Lowrie is on their wish list, if the Sox want to make it happen. Just food for thought …

  29. Daniel Rathman November 14, 2007 at 8:04 PM #

    According to KNBR in SF:
    "Mike Lowell has been in talks with the Angels about a four-year, $60 million deal. The Cardinals and Yankees are also believed to have similar offers on the table. It's not out of the question that Lowell could sign with one of those two teams before the end of the week."
    If this, and the A-Rod back to NYY reports are true, that means we have zero leverage left in any trade talks — particularly in talks with the Marlins about Cabrera. On the other hand, it would take Anaheim out of the Cabrera market, leaving the Sox and Dodgers as the favorites if he's going to be dealt.
    I wonder if the Brewers could be convinced to ship Matt LaPorta our way, in exchange for Lowrie, and a couple of pitching prospects.

  30. Evan Brunell November 14, 2007 at 8:36 PM #

    Rolen.
    Intriguing.

  31. Sam November 14, 2007 at 9:58 PM #

    yeah I had a feeling Lowell would get blown away once he got out there considering he's the next in line behind the two highest priced potential acquisitions in baseball … teams would rather overspend on a small scale then overspend on a hugely ridiculous scale … I guess thats playing it safe or something … in kinda a wierd twisted way

  32. Shawn Medeiros November 15, 2007 at 4:52 AM #

    Scott Rolen that is very intriguing actually.

  33. Dave B. November 15, 2007 at 6:59 AM #

    Eh, Rolen has been hurt 2 of the last 3 years. He is probably the high risk high reward option.

  34. M.A.G. November 15, 2007 at 10:07 AM #

    Omg, obviously I was not talking about the money we will make in the visit to Japan. I never think I would have to explain something that obvious.
    One of the main reason we have at getting Dice-K was to conquer a territory in wich the Yankees reign supreme. This would be another step in that direction. I want Japan as part of RSN. And if we make it thata is the most important international markett.
    You understand now, Dave, or I have to search for my crayons?

  35. JaredK November 15, 2007 at 10:31 AM #

    "You understand now, Dave, or I have to search for my crayons?"
    You may want to go look for your crayons and come back when your spelling and grammar improve to the point where your point is comprehensible…or maybe your just cranky because you haven't had your nap.

  36. M.A.G. November 15, 2007 at 10:34 AM #

    Sorry, that post came out more belligerant than I thought…

  37. M.A.G. November 15, 2007 at 10:35 AM #

    In any case, you are right JaredK. I apollogize.

  38. Dave B. November 15, 2007 at 12:07 PM #

    What are you talking about? Japan being in RSN means nothing really. Every person in Japan can buy a Red Sox hat and we don't benefit anymore than the other teams. It is called Revenue Sharing. The only brightside of us being there is the kids of Japan will recognize with us and if they become baseball players may favor us. Economic gain in the most common sense is the biggest misconception of the Daisuke signing.

  39. JaredK November 15, 2007 at 12:08 PM #

    Well, way to call yourself on it. I have done the same thing on blogs where you get heated then you read your comments after you hit send and you immediately regret it…it happens.