Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Red Sox Maineiacs Podcast 2013 Spring Training Preview

The Red Sox Podcast is back as we discuss Spring Training 2013.  Brandon and Barry discuss the new coaching staff, offseason acquisitions, and 2013 outlook.  Listen below as we discuss John Farrell, Brian Butterfield, Juan Nieves, Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront, Rubby De La Rosa, and more!

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6 comments:

  1. The Red Sox have acquired Mike Carp! I'm more excited about this than I probably should be, but I think it's a solid pickup. As long as he stays healthy, I think we're going to see quite a bit of Carp this season. Whether or not that ends up being a good thing is TBD.

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    1. Score one for the Maineiacs! We were one of the first to get on the Mike Carp bandwagon. In fact I think Deacon Art may have started that rumor early in the offseason.

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  2. The addition of Carp got me thinking about the opening day roster (yes...I know that they haven't even played a spring training game yet). Here's a look at how the 25 man could look on April 1st.

    Position Players: Saltalammacchia, Ross, Napoli, Carp, Pedroia, Drew, Middlebrooks, Ciriaco, Gomes, Ellsbury, Victorino, Ortiz, Nava

    Pitchers: Lester, Buchholz, Lackey, Dempster, Doubront, Hanrahan, Bailey, Uehara, Morales, Aceves, Breslow, Miller
    Tazawa and Bard both have minor league options left so they may very well have to start the year in Pawtucket just so the Sox can keep all of these talented bullpen pitchers.

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    1. I really think Carp and Nava are competing for one spot, they will not both be on the team because the Sox will need a backup CF/RF which neither can do effectively. Ryan Sweeney unless he falls on his face in Florida will be that guy unless the Sox trade for another OFer. Apparently there is some confusion over Nava's having an option but apparently he does. He may end up in AAA

      Bard could start in AAA, too but I would be shocked if Tazawa does. A trade of Aceves or maybe even Bailey ( to Detroit??) plus the use of the phantom DL ( Doubront?) could be a way to keep most of the bullpen arms.

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  3. Lots of great Sox talk on the most recent Maineiacs podcast!! Just one quick comment on the D rating given to the outfield. Granted it is a crapshoot given the Grapefruit League is yet to have begun, but if Ellsbury is healthy he alone makes it at least a C+ or B-. At this point we are just talking about the team "on paper", and part of Jacoby's " paper" is the expiring contract and looming free agency. If any player in the entire MLB is of need of a season of the ilk of 2011 Jacoby, Ellsbury is it. He has more than 100 million reasons to re-produce 2011.

    I agree about the depth, but if injury occurs or a lack of production from the corners, I think Brentz and Jackie Bradley, Jr. will come into play. The other answer to the depth issue could a trade of one of those bullpen arms for an outfielder.

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    1. If Ellsbury replicates his 2011 season he will make the grade a high C or low B, but just being healthy won't be enough to move the grade that high in my opinion. He certainly does have plenty of incentive coming into 2013. Let's hope that pressure doesn't get to him too much.

      Before Carp got signed today I was starting to think that Jackie Bradley Jr. was going to make the team out of spring training. Now with Carp here I think the Red Sox have more depth, but Carp and Nava are both below average defensive outfielders. So if Ellsbury or Victorino get hurt for a substantial amount of time I think Bradley Jr. will be called up right away.

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