Apr 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstopXander Bogaerts
(2) breaks up a double play against Chicago White Sox shortstopAlexei Ramirez
(10) during the tenth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
3. How has the deal (a three-team trade that included the White Sox last season) for Jake Peavy worked out for the Red Sox? Looking back, do you feel it was a good deal for Boston?
Though Peavy has been less-than-Jake this season, I think the trade accomplished its purpose. The Red Sox had Xander Bogaerts waiting in the wings at short and weren’t sure if Jose Iglesias was a keeper or Rey Ordonez 2.0.
Peavy was a useful veteran arm for the Red Sox down the stretch last year; he might be attractive to another team if he continues to turn things around leading up to the deadline. The White Sox have hopefully landed a nice piece for the future in a healthy Avisail Garcia.
4. If you were in charge of the Red Sox, how would you proceed with the rest of the season and the trade deadline?
Sell whatever veterans I can for value and try to figure out who among the young players in the system might contribute at the Major League level in 2015.
Then, hit free agency as the team did going into 2013 and pick up some veterans to fill in the gaps. I’m not advocating a complete teardown, but a targeted one, sure. Some guys just don’t have a future here. I do hope the Red Sox manage to keep at least one of the Jon Lester/John Lackey pairing.
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5. Series prediction?
At this point, all I can do is go by the pitching matchups and hope they’re somehow in Boston’s favor. The Red Sox can’t hit. They won’t hit against Chris Sale.
I’m hoping for Good Clay Buchholz in the first game, and maybe Brandon Workman can throw a quality start to counter John Danks, who almost always seems to throw a quality start. Jon Lester throws the final game, so I’m hoping for a series split with the White Sox.