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In a NESN interview on Tuesday, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington admitted, “At some point, we may need to be realistic and focus on helping the 2015 team.” That time is now. It is time for all of us to be realistic. They aren’t closing the gap. The Sox have struggled all year, and the nail in the coffin of the 2014 season has been the abysmal home stand that will likely become worse tonight when they face White Sox ace, Chris Sale.
Pierzynski won’t be the last change the Red Sox make before the MLB trade deadline. With an aging and underperforming lineup the Sox might as well see what they can get by trading away veterans. However, the Red Sox already have several young players: Bogearts, Middlebrooks, Bradley Jr., Holt, and Betts. Someone like Pierzynski, who couldn’t be traded for a washing machine, might as well make way so the Sox can get a look at how their existing prospects preform on the Big League level.
That is exactly why Pierzynski was the first casualty (well, second casualty if you consider Grady Sizemore), the Sox want a look at Christian Vazquez behind the plate. Plus, Vazquez will be able to glean some knowledge and pointers behind the plate from veteran catcher David Ross. Quite frankly, it couldn’t be much worse than Pierzynski’s .254 average and 4 jacks (oh wait, Stephen Drew is worse)–at least by taking a long look at Vazquez the front office can determine if he can be the catcher of the future, or if the Red Sox need to address that position moving forward.
Yes, the Sox will be looking to sell pieces to contenders as the trade deadline approaches. However, do we need more AAA prospects? Are Boston fans willing to wait several years before a young core turns into a World Series contender? I think not. While the organization likes the quality of the farm system and the existing young talent, it may not be crazy to trade some promising and unproven young talent for some proven young talent. I have always thought Giancarlo Stanton would look great in a Red Sox uniform…