Cole Hamels or Johnny Cueto. Both are great pitchers, both are more likely than not to be traded by July 31. One, if not BOTH could be had by the Red Sox due to their stacked farm system. However, knowing how Ben Cherington is, he would probably go for only one, or, hell, none. He loves the “sit on my ass and wait” approach and look where that got us last season. The AL East is complete shit. It’s the worst division in baseball right now. The Red Sox are THREE games under .500 and are still within reach of the Rays, who are in first. There is no clear cut front runner and I doubt there will be until August when the teams have made upgrades or have decided to sell. The Red Sox could get a head start and put themselves in position to take first place right now.
Johnny Cueto probably won’t be traded until July, but Cole Hamels could be had right now. There are more than a handful of Red Sox fans that are anti-Hamels. They say he’d get rocked in the American League and that his contract isn’t exactly team friendly. However, there are way more positives than negatives. He’s a left hander, he’s been dominant the last month, he has a track record for success, and he’s been a World Series MVP. Should the Red Sox decide to get off their ass and do something big, this is the time and this is the player. Amaro will trade Hamels now for the right price. What is the right price though? Betts and Swihart are untouchable. That would leave Owens, Johnson, and Rodriguez on the table. I can almost guarantee the Phillies would ask for E-Rod.
Here’s my proposal: Eduardo Rodriguez and Rafael Devers for Cole Hamels and 10-15 million dollars from the Phillies.
Before you grab your pitch forks for suggesting we trade perhaps our best future arm, let me state my case for why. Hamels would help the team right now. He would help the team for at least 3-4 more years in my opinion. With prospects, you can never really know what you’re going to get. Look at how many “busts” there have been even in recent years. Remember Will Middlebrooks? He was a number one prospect for the Red Sox just a few years ago and now he hits 7th in the Padres lineup. I’m not saying E-Rod will be a bust, in fact, I think he’s gonna be good. But again, you know what you’re getting with Cole Hamels and he would instantly make the Red Sox better now. With the highest payroll in team history and with the (stagnant) firepower in the lineup, this team is built to win right now. Guys like Ortiz, Pedroia, Napoli, and Ramirez aren’t getting any younger. The time to go get another ring is now. If the Red Sox can vault themselves ahead of the other AL East teams right now, imagine what will be available in July. Who knows, maybe Ben Cherington will do his job and make the team better.
That’s all I have for today. Like it? Love it? Hate it? Let me know! Thanks for reading!