It’s no secret the Boston Red Sox have struggled mightily this season. Everyone knows the team needs an Outfielder or two, yet no trades have been made. Instead the team has chosen to call up Minor league phenom; Mookie Betts. Though I feel he’s being rushed to the big leagues I’m excited to see what he can provide the team. One thing he won’t provide, contrary to some reports, is a lot of Power. Betts has a very capable bat, solid on base potential but isn’t a power hitter even though he will hit the occasional Home Run.
With the insertion of Betts into the lineup it raises the question of whether he should be the only young player called up. Besides Mookie the first player that should be called up is Pawtucket Catcher; Christian Vazquez.
Not known for his bat, though he has provided more than adequate production for the PawSox, it’s his glove that is already Major League ready. Vazquez is ready right now, ready to contribute defensively with some of the best catchers in the game. Though the Red Sox signed veteran Catcher AJ Pierzynski to a 1 year deal, with thoughts of giving Vazquez an entire season in Pawtucket to hone his craft, a whole season is not needed. Between now and the Trade Deadline the Red Sox should trade AJ without care of the return, then call Vazquez up to stay.
The next move that should be made is the removal of Jake Peavy, whether via trade or release. I also wouldn’t hesitate to trade Clay Buchholz as well. I’ve grown tired of his fragile physique among other issues. With the removal of one to two of these pitchers I would call Rubby De La Rosa back up and I also wouldn’t hesitate to give Anthony Ranaudo his first taste of the big leagues or even give Allen Webster another crack at it.
For me the time is now to let the kids take over. All the players that appear to be Major League ready should get the call, replacing veteran players that simply haven’t performed up to their contracts. And you never know, perhaps these young players would provide some vital energy into this underachieving group of Red Sox. Go Sox!