What is next for the New York Yankees or as The Nation likes to call them, "Evil Empire"? Sign Mark Teixeira (good player but expensive), trade for Jake Peavy, or just sign the infamous Manny Ramirez?
Where are the Dice-K signings or the Nomar Garciaparra trades that Theo Epstein executes so well? When is the equation going to balance out?
Maybe they are just suffering from the economic recession, just as the rest of America is. But as the Yanks add the necessary components to their rotation, Boston just watches like a baby getting its bottle taken away.
So far, the Sox have tried to bring back the 13-year-veteran, Jason Varitek, and oh yeah trade Coco to Kansas City for Ramon Ramirez. Ramirez had a 2.64 ERA, 21 holds, and 57 hits in 71.1 innings pitched in the 2008 season.
The Red Sox bullpen was not consistent in 2008 with an ERA of a flat 4.00 and five blown saves by the fan favorite, Jonathan Papelbon. Bringing back pitchers like Derek Lowe would be a good idea. His ERA was 3.24 and 147 Ks. What free agent pitcher is still out there? The Yankees seemed to have had a free for all in that department.
The Red Sox never cease to amaze me in the recent years, but the Yankees are gearing up for war. Their rotation is going to consist of CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Chien-Ming Wang, Phil Hughes, and or Andy Pettitte.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox have Josh Beckett, Dice-K, John Lester, and or Justin Masterson. And the Tampa Bay Rays have a great pitching staff which took them to their first American League pennant.
Make big moves, Red Sox, because it might come to haunt you come October.