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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Red Sox Should Be Sellers But No Need To Yell "Do Over"

Based on the current standings, eighty-eight wins is the minimum number of victories necessary to win a Wild Card spot.  The Red Sox would need to win forty games over the next sixty-five or play around a 100 win team.  Even the most optimistic observer would doubt the local nine’s ability to play like a juggernaut from here on out.  Hence, the Sox should be sellers. 

They should trade players whose value is likely at its peak.  Mike Aviles, Cody Ross, Alfredo Aceves, Vicente Padilla, and Franklin Morales fall into the aforementioned category.  It needs to be about acquiring assets to build the team for next year.  The heart of this Red Sox club can make a run in 2013. 

The core of the team is still strong with only Josh Beckett and David Ortiz really fighting father time (although Ortiz has given him a beat-down).  A return to form and/or health from Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Jon Lester, and Clay Buchholz would not be a surprise.  Nor would further development for Will Middlebrooks, Felix Doubront and Salty.  It is not farfetched to think that the Olde Towne Team could be contenders a year from now.


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