Part one of a two part series defending the Boston Red Sox offseason acquisition of Shane Victorino.
Facing the final year of his contract, many are suggesting that the Red Sox trade Jacoby Ellsbury. Hunter Golden examines his market and identifies some players the Red Sox may be able to get in return.
Chip doubles back to Monday’s column, and examines potential first base partners for a potential Kevin Youkilis trade.
With credible rumors swirling over Fenway, it’s finally time to examine potential trade partners for Youk.
After enjoying a lot, a lot of culcha dere, The Advanced Scout analyzes the Philadelphia Phillies
I’ve never thought the Red Sox had much shot of adding Adrian Gonzalez this past offseason or any year before his free agency year. So far this season though Gonzalez and the Padres have made a deal even harder as he is off to a huge start and the Padres are winning. They are currently 4 games above .500 in this young season with Gonzalez producing very well.
That is not the newest reason for a diminished chance to add Gonzalez. I think the awful signing of Ryan Howard might hinder the future prospects of signing the slugging first baseman. Howard agreed to a five year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for a total of $125 million. That at first seems like a bit of an overpay, but when you add on a $23 million option with a $10 million buy out and his two years left on his current deal it is a train wreck.
This has to change the market when looking at all the big name power hitting sluggers coming up in the next few years. That list includes Adrian Gonzalez, Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. Plus they’re all better and younger than Howard. These guys will all be signing deals that start in there pre 30′s except the best of the bunch, Pujols.
Next time I will pass on mentioning that I want to see Ryan Howard swing it for a series.
Ryan Howard’s batting average so far this season has been on the low side, but after romping the Red Sox with his four RBI’s and two homers that average has spiked up a bit. Howard hit a two-run homer in the first inning after Jimmy Rollins lead off the inning with a solo-shot and hit [...]