Just a Bump in The Road, Time For Next Year

David O'BrienCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2009

BOSTON - OCTOBER 11:  Closer Brian Fuentes #40 and catcher Jeff Mathis #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrate with their teammates their 7-6 victory against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the ALDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Fenway Park on October 11, 2009 in Boston,  Massachusetts. The Angels swept the Red Sox and advance to the ALCS. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Congratulations, The Angels have made it to the ALCS they deserve it.

Of course it won't be easy facing the Yankees and I hate to say it but they will probably be the ones getting swept this time.

This weekend all three of the teams I am pushing for to at least make it to the Championship Series either lost or were eliminated all together.

The Twins, Cardinal's and the Sox were eliminated, the Rockies lost Sunday night but there is still hope.

Time to hear  "There's always next year"...Which you already heard last year. It's also time to give up that five bucks you owe that A**hole Yankee fan that told you the Sox were going to get swept by the Halos, or just don't pay at.

Papelbon came out and easily let the Angels get three runs for the sweep, all he had to do was shut one more batter down.


With that being said, it is time to talk about the offseason.

Once wild card to think about is Jason Bay. He was a great replacement for the Manny Ramirez guy. .267 BA 119 RBI 36 HR. His future is uncertain. He has said Boston is one of the teams he would like to sign with by there are a few others he has in mind. "Come on Bay, I already have your Jersey I don't feel like paying for a new one!"

The Yankees will need a leftfielder if Johhny Damon does not resign, One deal I hope does not happen.

The Mariners are another team Bay will look at.

43 year-old Tim Wakefield wants to return for a 16th season. He fell apart this year after the first half. He has a $4 million option every year he signs with the Sox.

Beloved Catcher and Captain Jason Varitek has not been putting up numbers, well he has been putting up nothing with Victor Martinez. I don't see him playing much next year, as sad as it would be to see him go I have come to terms with that. Tek's contract includes a $5 million club option and a $3 million player option for 2010. Joe Mauer of the Twins becomes a free agent after the 2010 season, He will be someone to look out for.

Billy Wagner wants to still become a closer to reach the 400 saves mark. He had 1.72 ERA and 26 SO. He was still pitching high 90s even after Tommy-John Surgery. I do not think he is worth the money or the risk. He could collapse next season. Papelbon is still the Sox closer right now and he won't be going anywhere.

SS ALex Gonzalez has had solid (Gold-Glove)defense as well and has provided a great bat to the offense. He wants to return but as a starter. He would be a great asset at least for the next year and he is not going anywhere.

Nobody is safe and almost everyone's future is uncertain. Later on, I will discuss free agents and trades that will put the Red Sox as a force to be reckoned with in '10.