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08:09 AM ET 11.17 | In a hail of GM chatter, Theo Epstein addressed the subject of filling needs through trades or free agency. "Generally I'd rather fill them through trades. When you make trades you tend to capture players who are closer to the prime of their careers and paying through the acquisition cost for future performance. In free agency often times you're paying for past performance. That said, we'll probably do a little bit of both. Ideally you'd have a surplus of everything and you can make trades and fill all your needs and stay out of the free agent market. But that's not the reality."

The Boston Globe

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November 17, 2010  08:35 AM ET

Another words, this years free agent class sucks...........

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November 17, 2010  09:14 AM ET

Bet they sign Werth though, next step would be to look for trades at C and 1B/3B or just get back with Martinez and Beltre other than those 2 there is nothing there for those positions with it looking like Buck will be a Marlin.

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November 17, 2010  10:28 AM ET

I don't think they do much of anything by the sounds of it. I think Theo likes his core and may try and go without too much upgrade. Health would go a long way for the Sox next year.

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November 17, 2010  10:49 AM ET
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I don't think they do much of anything by the sounds of it. I think Theo likes his core and may try and go without too much upgrade. Health would go a long way for the Sox next year.

I would rather have that, than to go out and throw crazy money at Crawford or Werth. Resigning VMart and upgrading that god awful bullpen would be ok by me.

November 17, 2010  11:00 AM ET
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I would rather have that, than to go out and throw crazy money at Crawford or Werth. Resigning VMart and upgrading that god awful bullpen would be ok by me.

i don't think they have to do that much, they could, but they don't have to.

November 17, 2010  11:15 AM ET
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i don't think they have to do that much, they could, but they don't have to.

yeah, save your money and wait for Adrian Gonzalez. that's the big prize.

November 17, 2010  11:40 AM ET
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Health was certainly an issue last year. I haven't seen that many cracked ribs since the explosion at the 2008 National Barbeque Challenge.

Touche!

November 17, 2010  11:44 AM ET

I don't see Boston knocking themselves out to get V-Mart. The Tigers are another team willing to overpay for free agents, and they want the switch-hitting catcher. Given Boston's abysmal opponent-caught-stealing stats last year (worst in MLB I believe), I think they'd prefer a better defensive player behind the mound. Part of that bad stat happens when you have Wakefield on the mound throwing butterflies after having walked a batter, but Tek and V-Mart own some of the problem.

I don't think signing Buck is out of the question.

November 17, 2010  12:15 PM ET
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good points...if the Sox don't retain Vmart or Beltre, which seems likely, that removes the two best offensive players from last year's lineup. of course they had injuries, but both of these guys played great and it would be hard to replace that production even with a healthy ellsbury, pedroia and youk.

yes it would........

November 17, 2010  12:39 PM ET
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ellsbury, pedroia, youk, papi, drew isn't bad for a 1-5, but its a pretty sucky after that...lowrie, scutaro, salty, cameron/kalish

if he loses VMart and Beltre, he really needs to go get Gonzo.........right now.

November 17, 2010  01:23 PM ET
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ellsbury, pedroia, youk, papi, drew isn't bad for a 1-5, but its a pretty sucky after that...lowrie, scutaro, salty, cameron/kalish

And that is before you hit the bench when they are resting some of the top 5.

They should make the trade for Gonzo, the Pads should do it before they accidentally contend again.

November 17, 2010  02:42 PM ET

Werth is still in the conversation. Gonzo would be a prime prospect since he has an amazing stat for opposite-field hits (which would bounce off The Green Monster). Theoretically they could get both since one is a free agent and one would be for trade.

Boston's pretty adept at these 3-team trades. Theo could pull it off if San Diego was halfway interested and reasonable.

November 17, 2010  02:44 PM ET

Don't forget Boston still has Salty. He's still a wild card in my book. His bat has great potential, and his fundamentals as a catcher are sound. But he needs to get better.

November 17, 2010  03:09 PM ET
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good points...if the Sox don't retain Vmart or Beltre, which seems likely, that removes the two best offensive players from last year's lineup. of course they had injuries, but both of these guys played great and it would be hard to replace that production even with a healthy ellsbury, pedroia and youk.

I have a suspicion that Jacoby is trade bait. He appears to have burned a few bridges last season with both managment and the rest of the team with some of his comments etc.

November 17, 2010  03:19 PM ET
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I have a suspicion that Jacoby is trade bait. He appears to have burned a few bridges last season with both managment and the rest of the team with some of his comments etc.

You don't trade a guy coming off an injury filled season...you wait and see if he can make a comeback, and then trade him at the deadline....maybe for Gonzalez or Fiedler

November 17, 2010  03:22 PM ET
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in 813 ABs. salty has proven that he can be a mediocre hitter at best

You're assuming that the mean is the expected value, and that's not the case. Take a look at the trend, and pay attention to the status of his health.

Salty has great potential. The reality will depend both on his health and the Sox' ability to groom him into a better player. Remember that alleged superstars like Lee have suked at times due to injury and development issues, and then blossomed when all the pieces came together.

I wouldn't write him off as average just yet.

 
November 17, 2010  03:28 PM ET
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You don't trade a guy coming off an injury filled season...you wait and see if he can make a comeback, and then trade him at the deadline....maybe for Gonzalez or Fiedler

Jacoby is a fan favorite. When his health improves, he gets on base, and he starts stealing, all will be forgiven. That is when his market value will go up.

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