Should all the transactions on the table actually come to fruition (along with a few others that are rumored), your Boston Red Sox will undergo a radical transformation from the team you cheered in 2009. At this point, I’m not sure if it will be a positivetransformation, but you can’t deny the change.
The additions of Marco Scutaro at shortstop,Mike Cameron in left field and the likely move of Kevin Youkilis to third (please, Theo, go get Adrian Gonzalez to play first) will dramatically upgrade the left side of the team’s defense. Last year, despite the wizardry of Alex Gonzalez, Bay and Lowell made this element of the Red Sox game highly suspect. In fact, overall team defense was among the worst in all of baseball.
The addition of John Lackey to the rotation gives us a Roto-like sequence of Beckett, Lester, Lackey, Dice-K, and Buchholz or Wakefield. The Lackey addition allows for the luxury of shipping Clay (and some prospects) to San Diego for Gonzalez. Adding Gonzalez at first base would cement the infield as one of the best in baseball and provide the added thump (40 home runs last year) that this Bay-less offense will need.
So, instead of the “good offense, good pitching, bad defense” of 2009, we may see the “great defense, great pitching, very good offense” upgrade we have all been yearning for.
So, Theo, have you called Jed Hoyer yet today?