Boston Red Sox Need to Sign Johnny Damon & Roy Oswalt Now

Christopher Benvie@CSBenvie81Correspondent IIApril 8, 2012

ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Johnny Damon #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays heads to third base in the seventh inning on a Casey Kotchman #11 single before scoring the Rays second run later in the inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 3, 2011 in St Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The experiments are not working.

I am not the guy to sit here and overreact or be premature to something, but this Red Sox team is floundering at a point in the season where it seemingly is impossible to flounder.

The outfield experiment of Cody Ross/Darnell McDonald/Ryan Sweeney filling in holes until Carl Crawford returns is not working.

Josh Beckett looked awful.

The team has no closer.  Those counting on Andrew Bailey returning (let alone returning successfully) at any point this season are disillusioned.

Drastic measures need to be taken early to ensure that the team does not implode and the fan base does not explode.

Ben Cherington and Larry Lucchino need to saddle up and overpay to bring in Roy Oswalt and Johnny Damon now.

In doing so, they ensure some relief in about 2-4 weeks from Oswalt, and about a week from Damon.

Does it seem absurd?  


However, as a whole, the Red Sox are batting .188 over two games (the only bright spots being Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Sweeney) and have scored exactly two runs in as many games.

Losing a game against Justin Verlander is tolerable.  He's the best pitcher in the game.

Getting annihilated by an offense that should be comparable to our own is inexcusable.

If the Sox were to bring in Damon, he could play left while Sweeney continued to play right and ride the hot bat.

Bringing in Oswalt would force the team to not necessarily move Bard to the bullpen, though it would seem the likely choice, but it would assure another stud in the rotation to help bolster this fragile pitching staff.

Would these come across as moves of desperation?  At this point, probably.

Should these moves have been made LONG ago?  Absolutely.

This team cannot afford to falter after all of the change that occurred over the winter.  The fans are pissed off, the players are pissed off, Bobby Valentine is off doing radio in New York, Terry Francona is on ESPN and the love for a team is in limbo with a lot of fans.

Corrective measures need to be taken, and they need to happen fast.