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  • Armchair GMs: what should the Sox do at the trade deadline?

    Hahn has said he is not interested in acquiring any rent-a-players this year. Can and should the Sox be sellers, despite being on pace for a playoff spot? If so who?

    Colome, McCann, and Detwiler are obvious candidates for a trade to a contender.
    "Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but those who stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only after they are ruined."
    -- Thucydides

  • #2
    Unless there’s an opportunity to buy a left-handed good bat/good glove RF, or a middle-of-the rotation starter, who is locked up for at least 2021, from a tanking team looking for a package of prospects, without having to give up Vaughn, then I’d prefer to sit tight and stay the course.

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    • #3
      Do nothing. Not a single thing. I don't expect there to be any widespread movement in MLB.

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      • #4
        There is no upside to selling. There is no upside to trading valuable pieces. Dump is right. Do nothing.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by HomeFish View Post
          Hahn has said he is not interested in acquiring any rent-a-players this year. Can and should the Sox be sellers, despite being on pace for a playoff spot? If so who?

          Colome, McCann, and Detwiler are obvious candidates for a trade to a contender.
          You're suggesting white flagging it with the team 2 games off the division lead and looking like a team on the rise. I understand the logistics of your suggestion but think it misses the bigger picture. The Sox built a team this year to make a run at the playoffs this year and they are doing that. They won't be trading pieces barring a major collapse.
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          • #6
            Stay the course.

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            • #7
              There really is no reason for any team to do a major trade. 54% of the teams will be in the post-season. The only trade that makes sense is one stud with multiple years left on a team friendly contract for a stud with a similar contract. How many of those guys have NTCs? Most of them since they probably cut their price on the team friendly contract for a NTC.

              Making the playoffs this, heck even winning the World Series this year, will be tainted forever in the eyes of the fans. As one friend of mine points out, there are so many stars who have opted out, the teams on the field are not the "real" teams. Hard to argue that is not true. He's not talking injuries, but stars who are taking the year off who, if this was a normal season, would be on the 26 man roster right now.

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              • #8
                It depends on whether or not this team starts beating teams other than the Tigers and Royals. It also depends on whether or not a Qualifying Offer may be in the works for James McCann.

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                • #9
                  Listen.

                  McCann, Detwiler, and Colome are not surplus if the Sox are playoff-bound.

                  But the Sox do have surplus. If other teams want the surplus and are offering something back that makes more sense for the Sox, do small deals.

                  What they should not do is chase bad deals. Most veterans, with commensurate veteran salaries, are going to be bad deals because the Sox will want to pay in prospects and not in cash.

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                  • #10
                    Without any sort of scouting in the taxi squad camps, it's pretty nonsensical to make any moves unless you find a perfect surplus-deficit deal for the future.

                    (Non)Prospect deals are interesting with word that the rule-5 draft and 7-year FA will still take place. Now might be the time to gamble on some of the trough-value minor league targets scouts pinpointed last season through this March, but you have to match up without live play. Still, maybe there's a backup glove or upside out there somewhere that teams aren't shy to move.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by A. Cavatica View Post
                      Listen.

                      McCann, Detwiler, and Colome are not surplus if the Sox are playoff-bound.

                      But the Sox do have surplus. If other teams want the surplus and are offering something back that makes more sense for the Sox, do small deals.

                      What they should not do is chase bad deals. Most veterans, with commensurate veteran salaries, are going to be bad deals because the Sox will want to pay in prospects and not in cash.
                      If Grandal and EE start to come around, then McCann kind of is a surplus. The Sox are a better overall team with him on the roster than without him, but he is the guy that could probably bring back the most in a trade and there are other options ahead of him at both C and DH. I wouldn't expect most teams to be willing to give up a lot for this season, but all it takes is for one team to get desperate, and he is likely to be far and away the best C that could be had at the deadline.

                      Detwiler and Colome wouldn't fetch much in a trade and the Sox are better off holding on to them. Is Detwiler signed past this season?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ChiTownTrojan View Post

                        If Grandal and EE start to come around, then McCann kind of is a surplus. The Sox are a better overall team with him on the roster than without him, but he is the guy that could probably bring back the most in a trade and there are other options ahead of him at both C and DH. I wouldn't expect most teams to be willing to give up a lot for this season, but all it takes is for one team to get desperate, and he is likely to be far and away the best C that could be had at the deadline.

                        Detwiler and Colome wouldn't fetch much in a trade and the Sox are better off holding on to them. Is Detwiler signed past this season?
                        Detwiler signed a minor league deal. He will be a free agent after the season ends.

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                        • #13
                          Seems like contending teams overpay for bullpen arms every year at the deadline. Though the Sox notably got nothing for one of the best closers in the game a couple of years back.
                          "Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but those who stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only after they are ruined."
                          -- Thucydides

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HomeFish View Post
                            Seems like contending teams overpay for bullpen arms every year at the deadline. Though the Sox notably got nothing for one of the best closers in the game a couple of years back.
                            That doesn’t really happen as much the past couple years, and even when it did it was only for the top guys. Colome and Detweiler don’t really qualify. There will be plenty of teams that are willing to give up relievers if their caliber and track record.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by HomeFish View Post
                              Seems like contending teams overpay for bullpen arms every year at the deadline. Though the Sox notably got nothing for one of the best closers in the game a couple of years back.
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