This weeks rending now in Boston has the Red Sox sending a package of players to the Phillies for lefty Cole Hamels.This would be a bad move for Boston in many ways.One the Sox have a young group of players currently on their roster. Eventually they will develop hopefully into quality MLB material. The three names mentioned in the latest proposal are catcher Blake Swihart, pitcher Matt Barnes and out fielder Mookie Betts. Betts is hitting a solid 250 5 homers and twenty four RBI’s If this production keeps up he could be a finalist forAL rookie of the year. Swihart is ranked the number catching prospect in all of baseball. He was called up on May 2nd and is getting familiar with the strike zone night in and night out. He’s also handling the pitchers very well. Barnes on the other hand throws nothing but heat. In a game last week against Minnesota he came in and pitched five innings of scoreless relief.
The off season acquisitions by the Sox Rick Porcello, Justin Masterson have not been panning out. The Sox recently signed Porcello to a four year extension for 88 million. Porcello has a 4-4 record and still has trouble getting through five innings. Masterson is currently on the 15 day disabled list because of shoulder stiffness.Mastersons starts have been poor also with both poor control and locating his pitches properly.Hanley Ramierez signed a long term deal and has been an adventure in the outfield. He has only one homerun and three RBIs in May. Pablo Sandoval signed as a free agent from the Giants is the only living up to his billing. His fielding is sensational and hits for power with five home runs so far.
By general manager trading for Hamels this may set the Sox back instead of going forward.Hamels however has been on fire in May going 4-0 for the month. His fastball is close to 96 mph while is walk ratio is low. The only vaue the Sox would have by acquiring Hamels is he would solidify the number one slot. Boston would get Hamels for either four years at90million or five years at 120 million
Giving up the future for a starting pitcher in this case would not be worth it. The Sox must think long ter. Betts and Swihart have the the potential to be solid major leaguers. The off season signings aren’t panning out trading the youth is to risky. Within time these players will produce.The Sox can’t afford any more bad deals. Manager John Farrells job is on the line. Last year the Sox finished in the cellar of the AL East at 71=9.This year the Sox have been hovering between fourth and fifth place. Farrell does have a world series ring to his credit. But that was two yearsago and since then the Sox have been going backwards.The Sox earlier in the month fired pitching coach Juan Nieves. If the Sox don’t start going upward Farrell could be next to go and soon.