Boston In Search Of a Big Bat

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJuly 31, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

If you have been following the Boston Red Sox of late, it's obvious that they need a big bat and they are in search of a big bat.

The two big names that have been swirling Boston is Cleveland Indians' C/1B Victor Martinez and San Diego Padres' 1B Adrian Gonzalez.

The Major League Baseball non-waiver trading deadline is set to be tomorrow July 31. Now if Boston were to acquire one of those big bats, what would they have to give up and how would it effect the team and the starting nine?

What players Boston would have to deal: In order to acquire either of those power hitters, Boston would have to give up some of their top prospects. Both teams, San Diego and Cleveland, are in need of young pitching, and Boston has a plethora of young guns in their farm.

If Boston wants to get either of them they would have to part ways with Clay Buchholz. If Boston wants to make a splash this trading deadline they will have to give up Buchholz.

Some players that are rumored to be placed in a package deal are: Michael Bowden, Daniel Bard, Justin Masterson, Junichi Tazawa, Lars Anderson, Casey Kelly, and Manny Delcarmen.

How will it effect Boston's play: Well, first they are going to have to find a way to trade away Adam LaRoche in my opinion. Both Martinez and Gonzalez play first base and they are everyday ball players.

If I was Boston's manager, Terry Francona, I would play David Ortiz at DH against right-handed pitchers and Mike Lowell at DH against left-handed pitchers. I would also have Kevin Youkilis play third base when Lowell isn't at third and then I would have either Gonzalez or Martinez play first base.

If Martinez was to come to Boston, I would also play him at catcher occasionally to give Jason Varitek a rest and to add some power at the catcher position.

I think that Boston needs to add a bat to their lineup in order to put them over the top and to be a front runner in the American League East.

It would be very beneficial to add Roy Halladay, but what Boston needs is offense and I think Boston's general manager, Theo Epstein knows that.

Boston has a great amount of prospects in the farm. I believe a farm system is to be used for trading for proven Major League talent and to groom and develop future starters.

It's now July 31 as my clock strikes 12 AM in Londonderry, NH, and I think today is going to be an eventful day in Boston.