New Poll Question: Most coveted star

Considering that it's highly unlikely that the Red Sox could acquire both in a trade, who would you prefer to see don a Sox uniform come April? * Adrian Gonzalez * Felix Hernandez

Considering that it’s highly unlikely that the Red Sox could acquire both in a trade, who would you prefer to see don a Sox uniform come April?

  • Adrian Gonzalez
  • Felix Hernandez

Who would best fit the bill for the Red Sox in 2010?

Previous Poll results:

Which Red Sox veteran will have the biggest impact on the 2010 team?

  • Tim Wakefield (90%)
  • Jason Varitek (10%)

Categories: Adrian Gonzalez Felix Hernandez Poll

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  1. Misty November 12, 2009 at 4:07 PM #

    Adrian Gonzalez!

    But to be honest, I'm most intrigued by the idea of Joey Votto… he would come cheaper and while he might not be quite the catch Adrian is, I do like the idea of giving up less talent and getting Votto as opposed to giving up a lot of talent for Gonzalez.

    • tecramer November 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM #

      Votto will stay in Cin-city. He's the cornerstone of that team now, along with Jay Bruce. Dumping him would be giving up on 2010 before 1st pitch. Or, to put this closer to home, it would be like dishing Pedroia to be replaced by Nick Green. No chance amigo.

  2. Corey November 12, 2009 at 4:20 PM #

    Fenway was built for Adrian Gonzalez. I love Felix Hernandez but our offense is weaker than our pitching, I think. Would we get rid of Victor Martinez to get Adrian Gonzalez or would he just stick to playing catcher?

  3. D.J. November 12, 2009 at 4:34 PM #

    Felix Hernandez. The playoffs are all about pitching, plus it would be some insurance in case Beckett walks away after next year.

    • Shane November 12, 2009 at 5:06 PM #

      I agree, Felix Hernandez straight up.

      • Shareef November 12, 2009 at 5:59 PM #

        Ditto a starter who can pitch like an ace is getting probability on your side. Besides this team has plenty of power I think we need a few more guys who can consistently put the ball in play.

  4. _Marcos_ November 12, 2009 at 6:10 PM #

    How easy people forget. The last couple of years the Red Sox have lost in the playoffs because of their lack of hitting and not because ineffective pitching. There is nothing more frustrating than a weak hitting team.

    • M.A.G. November 12, 2009 at 2:26 PM #

      Agree.

      Felix Hernandez is great without a doubt. But I think people need to realize just how weak our offense has become. Specially against good teams. And if we lose the contribution of LF, this lineup is gonna be completely mediocre.

      And Adrian Gonzalez is just too perfect for Boston. Left handed OPPOSITE FIELD hitter. Imagine his numbers in Fenway!

    • Gerry November 12, 2009 at 7:32 PM #

      Agree. The Sox offense may be high OBP and 200HR powerful, but it has been prone to slumps at the wrong time. The Yankees won the series as much on hitting … no, more on hitting … than on pitching. They wouldn't have won it without CC, Pettite and AJ, but they each needed bats to win the games.

      Beckett, Lester, Daisuke, Buchholz, Wake make a strong rotation which can easily be strengthened with Harden, Bedard, etc. for the next couple of years. Halladay or Hernandez should make them ridiculously strong. And I think Halladay and Agon are more affordable than Hernandez and Agon.

  5. jim ed sox 24-7 rau November 12, 2009 at 9:10 PM #

    Moneyball Philosophy: Get more runs than you give up… The sox got into the playoffs because of their pitching… they got out of the playoffs because of their lack of hitting and run production…

  6. jvwalt November 13, 2009 at 1:25 AM #

    When you look at the Sox' lineup at the end of the season, they had better-than-average offense at six positions — catcher (VMart), first base, second base, and all three outfield spots. Their biggest weakness was inconsistency at the back end of the rotation.

    So, did the Sox have a weak offense in the postseason, or did the Angels have superior pitching? I would argue that the Sox were greatly hampered by a lack of rotation depth beyond Beckett and Lester. And the teams that won in the playoffs were the teams with strong pitching: it was Sabathia, Rivera, Pettitte, and Burnett who made the difference for the Yankees.

    Dominant rotations win. The late-90s Yankees, the Johnson/Schilling Diamondbacks, the 2003 Marlins, the 2008 Phillies. The 2004 Sox don't win without Schilling, Pedro, and Foulke. So I vote for King Felix. I'd even choose Roy Halladay over A-Gon. Doc's still young and healthy enough to have a bunch of good years left. (If the Yankees are smart enough to acquire Halladay or Lackey, they're set up for another multi-year championship run.) I would love to have a rotation with three dominant starters followed by Buchholz and Dice-K or Wake. With pitching like that, the Sox would have more than enough offense to win.

    • M.A.G. November 13, 2009 at 5:27 AM #

      Nobody is deniying the importance of pitching, but we can upgrade the rotation with cheaper options like Harden/Sheets/Bedard.

      But even if we value pitching, that doesn't mean we should ignore offense. We have an "above average" offense because we have solid players in every position, so we can kill weaker teams consistently and accumulate overall good numbers. But against good teams, our numbers are not that great. To go against great teams we need more than "above average"; we need "dominant".

      We had a dominant offense in 2004 and 2007. And we can have it again with a cople of big bats (Holliday/A-Gon). A-Gon can make this lineup scary for any pitcher.

      • evanbrunell November 13, 2009 at 5:08 PM #

        They all come with question marks. Can Harden hold up? Is Sheets going to make an impact after a year away? Does Bedard have the makeup to succeed?

        • M.A.G. November 13, 2009 at 12:20 PM #

          Well, that's why they will be cheaper…

          It worth the risk, IMHO.

  7. james November 13, 2009 at 8:36 AM #

    Adrian Gonzalez. This lineup really needs him

    • tecramer November 13, 2009 at 2:56 PM #

      Agreed – I'm just scared what he'll cost.

  8. Bottom Line Rob November 13, 2009 at 10:31 AM #

    Good points all around, but A-Gon is the guy they need. I'd love to have Felix for the long haul, especially if Beckett walks, but Adrian can play 1B and then slide in to the DH role down the road… he is also good for the long term plan.

  9. ericinboston November 13, 2009 at 1:08 PM #

    in most cases i say you take the young ace. however, the red sox have shown the ability to draft & develop impact pitching and, as far as i'm concerned, shown zero ability to draft & develop any type of impact power hitter. dustin pedroia is the closest this regime has produced by way of the offensive player. (i'm excluding youkilis because he was drafted by duquette. )

    this team would be better with a-gon in the lineup making a difference everyday rather than felix every 5th.

    • M.A.G. November 13, 2009 at 12:22 PM #

      Under that note: Let's hope Kelly decide to be a pitcher soon. Because if we let him be a SS, his value is gonna go down the drain…

    • Shane November 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM #

      That is a good point I hadn't considered.

    • evanbrunell November 13, 2009 at 5:07 PM #

      I gotta say, that's a great observation.

  10. Marc November 15, 2009 at 1:32 PM #

    If you could Sign Adrian Beltre to play third, I think you'd have to consider giving up Youk to land Adrian Gonzalez., and straight up release Ortiz, take your 12 mm this year and go soak up the sun in the Dominican; I'd rather have Mikey Lowell around to DH.

    • ericinboston November 15, 2009 at 7:04 PM #

      that's really not smart at all. take a peek at lowell's splits compared to ortiz's. lowell is awful on the road… just awful.

  11. Eric November 15, 2009 at 11:10 PM #

    IMO, Adrian Gonzalez over Felix. We're lacking in the offense department, I think we NEED him. That being said, we can't give up our #3 pitcher in order to acquire him (Clay Buchholz). Do it with other prospects. If they want Bard, give em Bard (hopefully not much else though) however, we cannot sacrifice a key part of our rotation and our future for Gonzalez unless we sign Lackey, and even then I'd be very reluctant to give up Buchholz in a deal.

  12. John Cate November 17, 2009 at 4:17 PM #

    Gonzalez. The Red Sox absolutely need him, and he's one of the best hitters in baseball. If he can hit 40 in Petco, what's he going to do in Fenway?