The Boston Red Sox have too many outfielders. And too little pitching. That means that it's time for the Red Sox to make a deal.
A guy like Cole Hamels would be an obvious target, but it's not clear the Red Sox have the prospect pitching to make a deal like that happen.
What they do have is outfielders, and too many of them too.
After signing Hanley Ramirez last week and Cuban centerfielder Rusney Castillo last year, it seems obvious that Yoenis Cespedes – acquired last year from the Oakland Athletics for Jon Lester and his expiring contract – is expendable.
One outlet last week even had Cespedes getting traded to the Cincinnati Reds. A deal like that, where the Red Sox got some starting pitching in return, would make a lot of sense.
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Because, when you look at it, the Red Sox also have Shane Victorino, Jackie Bradley Jr., Allen Craig, Mookie Betts, Daniel Nava and Bryce Bentz that can play that position.
What will they do?
The obvious move is to trade them. More than one of them. They signed Ramirez because they felt he was the best option, but the others are obviously more expendable.
The problem here is how much money they have sunk into ageing guys.
Victorino wasn't healthy last year, but he feels like the job should be his.
“If you think there's somebody better in right, be my guest,” Victorino told WEEI.com.
“Obviously health will dictate that. But if I'm healthy if there's a better outfielder in right field then show me and go out there and do it. I'm not saying that in a cocky or arrogant way. It's just how confident I am to know I should be the starting right fielder.
"There are things to come into play and situations to be discussed. I plan on being healthy and out there and ready to go. Like I said, it's my job. I don't think there's anybody can tell me differently. If they feel there is from an organization's standpoint it is what it is. As I've said, whatever uniform it may be I'm going to go out there and give 100 percent and be the best I can be. Obviously I want it to be a Red Sox uniform and be a right fielder, but I can't control decisions that are made from up top.”
What could go wrong?
The Red Sox don't look like they are even close to the team that won the 2013 title.
They have plenty of ageing bats, like David Ortiz, and keep adding guys like Pablo Sandoval to that mix.
Meanwhile, there pitching staff looks downright despicable.
Clay Buchholz and a group of “Rubby De La Rosa, Matt Barnes, Henry Owens, Anthony Ranaudo, Brandon Workman, Allen Webster, and Brian Johnson” are the options at this point, according to Boston.com's Chad Finn.
That just doesn't seem like it will work.