And while this might be a reason for hope, he’d better because now that Travis “K” Shaw is a Brewer there ain’t a whole lot behind him that I can see.
Just another classic Dave Dombrowski move. His view of highly-touted prospects? That’s exactly what they are, at least until they prove themselves as major leaguers. And DD has never been afraid to roll the dice – especially when it come to acquiring top-flight pitching. Like the dude says, if you’ve got a team that’s already considered close you have to go for it, for you never know when the opportunity will come again.
So now the Sox have Sales, David Price, and Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello at the top of the rotation. And after that (at least for now) a 4/5 of Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz. On paper that’s the best rotation in the American League. And that doesn’t count Drew Pomerantz and Steven Wright who could also be starters or, at least in the case of Pomerantz or Buchholz, valuable trade bait. Of course, on paper is just that: I remember last winter when everyone was touting a Yankees “big three” of Miller / Betances / Chapman in their bullpen, and we all know how that turned out.
Still, you’ve got to think right now that the Sox have the best starting rotation by far in the American League, and a “big three” like they have could prove quite significant when it comes to the post-season. I’d still like to see how their bullpen ends up looking like, for I think there’s still work to do there. And, while the Sox picked up Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland to allow Hanley Ramirez to split his time between 1B and DH, Moreland isn’t going to make anyone forget about David Ortiz anytime soon.
If you’re a Sox fan you’ve got to be excited about DD’s latest moves. I still think there’s some tweaking to be done, and it will be interesting to see what else DD has up his sleeve. With Buchholz and Pomerants he’s still got some cards to play.