Friday, December 11, 2009

What are the Red Sox up to?

After watching Brian Cashman pull off multiple moves to improve a World Series-winning ballclub this week, Theo Epstein must be thinking hard about how to counter his team's hated rivals. Despite what they say publicly, Red Sox officials know they have to do something to respond. What exactly they plan to do is unclear.

For right now, their primary focus seems to be trading Mike Lowell to clear third base for Adrian Beltre, who I doubt will fire up Red Sox nation. And if you believe the reports, Boston is falling behind in the Roy Halladay sweepstakes, which is great for Yankee fans.
I really don't understand their slow movement on Jason Bay. The outfielder was placed in a difficult position being traded for Manny Ramirez, but surpassed all expectations with his clutch performance, especially in the Rivalry. Perhaps the Red Sox are merely waiting for his asking price to come down, but they shouldn't wait too long to make an offer Bay can't refuse or they are going to lose him, perhaps to the Mets, who desperately need a big bat.
I'm sure Epstein has a plan. It's just hard to figure out what it is.
Thanks to hardnfast via en.Wikipedia for the photo.

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