VOTE: Should Sox have done Marlins deal?

Should Boston have swung the deal the Jays did instead?

It’s that time again for a new poll!

Before we get into it, the old poll yielded some interesting results. It asked who of recently-linked names to the Red Sox you fans would like to see sign with the Red Sox.  I allowed multiple voting, so some people may have only voted for one of the names, while others might have even ticked off all the boxes.

Here are your results:

Out of recent linked names to the Sox, who do you want the most? (Multiple votes allowed!)

  • Anibal Sanchez (44%, 191 Votes)
  • Mike Napoli (34%, 150 Votes)
  • Hiroki Kuroda (26%, 112 Votes)
  • Adam LaRoche (20%, 86 Votes)
  • Torii Hunter (17%, 72 Votes)
  • Nick Swisher (10%, 42 Votes)
  • Russell Martin (0%, 1 Votes)

You know what’s interesting? The top two vote-getters were also the only two I selected. It’s not really that big a surprise, I don’t think. Sanchez, a former Sox farmhand, would be a valuable part of the rotation and is still young enough to have some very good years ahead. The market might spin past his worth, though. Meanwhile, Napoli offers great upside and power potential and will probably come cheaper than LaRoche. Kuroda got quite a few votes too, which isn’t that surprising because he’s such a good pitcher and would come on a short contract.

Okay, it’s time for a new poll. This one wants to know if you think the Red Sox should have tried to acquire Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and maybe even Mark Buehrle from the Blue Jays. GM Ben Cherington admitted that he spoke to the Marlins about acquiring Johnson and Reyes, but that nothing came to fruition. Should it have? Sound off with the options below:

  • Yes! Talk about the answer to all the problems.
  • If it was just Johnson and Reyes, they should have done it.
  • No! Why get rid of all those big deals just to repeat the same mistake?
  • No, the cost in prospects would have been too much.

Categories: Adam LaRoche Anibal Sanchez Boston Red Sox Hiroki Kuroda Mike Napoli Nick Swisher Russell Martin Torii Hunter

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One Response to “VOTE: Should Sox have done Marlins deal?” Subscribe

  1. Gerry November 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM #

    The Fish wanted Middlebrooks, Doubront, Bogaerts, others for Reyes and Johnson. Reyes would also have cost Iglesias' career, which could be very special. Please. That's no fire sale, that would be smart team building, and shows how savvy Ben is to hang up the phone.