Sunday, December 4, 2011

Conor Says... Trade For Jeremy Guthrie

The Red Sox obviously need pitching, and in a weak free agent market, they may have to go to trades to satisfy their needs. I think that one trade the Red Sox should explore is for Orioles righty Jeremy Guthrie. With just one year until Guthrie becomes a free agent, the Orioles may be shopping him to get something in return. Guthrie has not been fantastic in his years with the Orioles, but he has been consistent. In 2011, Guthrie had a fairly middle-of-the-road year, going 9-17/4.33/130 (ignore the W-L, he's played for the Orioles!). He doesn't strike out too many people, at only 5.63 per nine innings, but he doesn't walk many either, with 2.86 per nine. Another thing is that he has been this consistent in the AL East, meaning it's not out of the question that he could adjust to the pressure cooker of Boston. I think we could give up a package of prospects like Sean Coyle and Stolmy Pimentel plus cash. I think this would give the Red Sox the #4 starter they need to win.

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