Thursday, July 17, 2008
Since Blanton has sucked, it is surprising that Beane sold low on the pitcher. The move leads me to believe - the Phillies have no farm - that the A’s are done. The Duke and Street are going to be next. And the Sox should take a serious look at trading for Street.
Even though I’m bullish on the Sox second half pen prospects, Street is an elite reliever. He has struck out about a batter an inning with close to a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The A’s closer is also younger than Papelbon with more MLB experience. He is a stud that could pair with Paps to end October games after six innings for the next three postseasons - neither are strictly one inning relievers.
No longer would one of the front offices weaknesses - finding relievers - be such an issue. In 2004 and 2007, the Sox didn’t have a problem in the seventh/eighth innings and things went well in those years, right?
The acquisition of Street would not be just for 2008; it would be through 2010. With that in mind, the Sox should be willing to part with a number of assets a.k.a. prospects. Only Jed Lowrie should be off limits given Julio Lugo’s health status. One reason to build a strong farm is to make a deal.
Street and Papelbon at the end with Beckett at the start gives the Sox a high percentage chance of winning five games in October. And that gives the Olde Towne Team a big leg up in the postseason.