Deal or no deal?
Therein lies the question as the hours tick away to 4 p.m. ET today.
This much we know: The Red Sox, as presently constituted, have led the American League East by a sizable margin for just about the entire season.
This much we don’t know: Is this team, as presently constituted, good enough to win a World Series?
I’d say if you could guarantee Ortiz was going to get his power back and give me some tangible evidence that J.D. Drew would show some signs of life and that Delcarmen was going to pitch like he has for the last month and not like he did Sunday and that Timlin’s latest shoulder achiness is just that and not anything serious, then, yeah, we could be talking about another parade in November.
Looking back at what happened a year ago, it’s pretty clear that general manager Theo Epstein looked at his team and decided they weren’t good enough to win a World Series, so he didn’t mortgage part of his future to get, say, Bobby Abreu. As it turns out he was right. That team suffered so many devastating injuries that a big deadline deal would have accomplished nothing.
But now, I have to think that Theo is doing everything he can to put another piece or two in place to make this club’s World Series chances greater. Does that mean getting Jermaine Dye? Perhaps. Rumblings are that he doesn’t want to package Delcarmen or Double-A prospect Justin Masterson along with Wily Mo to make that happen. The reason is that Dye would just be a two or three-month rental.
Now, the Globe’s Gordon Edes is reporting that the Red Sox have made a counter offer that Kenny Williams is "seriously considering". I think Dye would be a big addition to this team. There is one problem though: Where does Dye fit in? Perhaps Drew would go on the DL and get himself healthy if this deal was made. Who knows, they might even shut Ortiz down for a week or two if they added a Jermaine Dye. Maybe there will be a rotating system in which dye starts a game in left, right, DH and maybe even first once a week, adding up to five starts.
Will the Red Sox get Eric Gagne? I’m not so sure. Gagne can turn down a trade to Boston and all his contract incentives are based on finishing games. Would he be the perfect fit to put in front of Papelbon? Absolutely.
If Gagne doesn’t happen, perhaps there will be another reliever added to the mix.
What are your thoughts? Deal or no deal?
Danny Ainge obviously made his decision. What a doozy. For the first time in a long time, the Boston Celtics are highly relevant players in the Eastern Conference.
Also feel free to chime in with your thoughts on KG joining Paul Pierce and Ray Allen for a mighty big three.