Monday, March 10, 2014
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It didn't work – collapse and no playoffs in 2011, and a forgettable 2012. Boston has blown up the blueprint and started over.
Lackey remains the highest-paid player on the team, and he's been rehabbing all year after elbow surgery.
And we must mention that Boston also traded some prime prospects for Gonzalez. First baseman Anthony Rizzo and pitcher Casey Kelly are already in the majors.
The Yankees also traded prospects, including catcher Jesus Montero to Seattle for touted young pitcher Michael Pineda, who missed this season because of shoulder surgery.
But New York does have its young homegrown players, including pitcher David Phelps, who starts Wednesday.
The Red Sox, despite their trades, still have a treasure of young talent, led by third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway and shortstop Jose Iglesias should break next spring training camp with Boston. Outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz are a year or less away. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who reached Portland this season, is an All-Star in the making.
A stable of pitchers will come through Portland and Pawtucket over the next couple of years. And one pitcher in the Dodgers trade, Rubby De La Rosa, could join the rotation next year.
Boston undoubtedly will add a veteran or two to the roster, but there is a core here that can succeed.
Building from within doesn't sound as sexy as big-money free agents, but the Dodgers aren't likely to bail out Boston again.
Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org