Commentary

Red Sox: Take 'em or trash 'em?

Your turn to play GM and decide who stays and who goes from disaster of a team

Updated: October 5, 2012, 6:03 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

Bobby Valentine is gone, but plenty more changes are in store on Yawkey Way. Help us pare down the roster by telling us which players you'd keep and which you'd send packing if you were calling the shots.

Position players

David Ortiz, DH

Edes: Sox should give him 2-year deal. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    91%
  •  
    9%

(Total votes: 8,494)

J. Saltala., C

Edes: Can share position one more season. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    81%
  •  
    19%

(Total votes: 8,322)

Lavarnway, C

Edes: Will be given a chance at the No. 1 job. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    80%
  •  
    20%

(Total votes: 7,747)

J. Loney, 1B

Edes: There will be better options. Trash him

Your call?

  •  
    13%
  •  
    87%

(Total votes: 8,128)

D. Pedroia, 2B

Edes: Still the man you build around.
Take him

Your call?

  •  
    97%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 8,339)

W. Middleb., 3B

Edes: Showed plenty before injury. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    97%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 8,126)

M. Aviles, SS

Edes: Might not be back, but should be. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    44%
  •  
    56%

(Total votes: 8,009)

J. Iglesias, SS

Edes: Elite fielder, but bat a huge question. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    66%
  •  
    34%

(Total votes: 8,004)

P. Ciriaco, IF

Edes: Faster, cheaper alternative to Aviles. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    91%
  •  
    9%

(Total votes: 8,005)

M. Gomez, 3B

Edes: Triple-A MVP, but ship has sailed. Trash him

Your call?

  •  
    32%
  •  
    68%

(Total votes: 7,750)

J. Ellsbury, OF

Edes: Key to roster reset or trade bait? Take him

Your call?

  •  
    76%
  •  
    24%

(Total votes: 8,105)

C. Ross, OF

Edes: Good fit for Sox; he can handle Boston. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    94%
  •  
    6%

(Total votes: 7,996)

D. Nava, OF

Edes: Could stick as an extra OF. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    61%
  •  
    39%

(Total votes: 7,716)

R. Sweeney, OF

Edes: He could be nontendered. Trash him

Your call?

  •  
    22%
  •  
    78%

(Total votes: 7,696)

Podsednik, OF

Edes: Served a purpose this season. Trash him

Your call?

  •  
    26%
  •  
    74%

(Total votes: 7,714)

R. Kalish, OF

Edes: Give him a chance to win a job. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    70%
  •  
    30%

(Total votes: 7,648)

Starting pitchers

Jon Lester, SP

Edes: 2012 will be the aberration. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    90%
  •  
    10%

(Total votes: 7,073)

C. Buchholz, SP

Edes: Strong 2nd half encouraging. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    95%
  •  
    5%

(Total votes: 7,048)

J. Lackey, SP

Edes: With $30.5M due, can't trade him. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    42%
  •  
    58%

(Total votes: 7,144)

F. Doubront, SP

Edes: Sox need young, cheap arms like him. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    94%
  •  
    6%

(Total votes: 6,905)

F. Morales, SP

Edes: May be given shot to win starting job. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    82%
  •  
    18%

(Total votes: 6,862)

A. Cook, SP

Edes: Nice try, but no way he's back. Trash him

Your call?

  •  
    5%
  •  
    95%

(Total votes: 6,907)

Matsuzaka, SP

Edes: 8.28 ERA. That's all you need. Trash him

Your call?

  •  
    4%
  •  
    96%

(Total votes: 7,443)

Relief pitchers

A. Bailey, CL

Edes: Projects as closer; reasonable price. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    88%
  •  
    12%

(Total votes: 6,380)

J. Tazawa, RP

Edes: Phenomenal. Could be future closer. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    94%
  •  
    6%

(Total votes: 6,577)

A. Aceves, RP

Edes: He can pitch; worn out welcome. Trash him

Your call?

  •  
    22%
  •  
    78%

(Total votes: 6,513)

A. Miller, RP

Edes: Emerged as a weapon in the bullpen. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    89%
  •  
    11%

(Total votes: 6,228)

Daniel Bard, RP

Edes: Coming back fresh will help him. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    75%
  •  
    25%

(Total votes: 6,342)

V. Padilla, RP

Edes: Have pitcher, will travel.
Trash him

Your call?

  •  
    24%
  •  
    76%

(Total votes: 6,228)

S. Atchison, RP

Edes: Elbow complicates things. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    52%
  •  
    48%

(Total votes: 6,066)

C. Breslow, RP

Edes: Will be priced out of return. Trash him

Your call?

  •  
    41%
  •  
    59%

(Total votes: 6,070)

M. Melancon, RP

Edes: Cheap, organizational depth. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    60%
  •  
    40%

(Total votes: 6,109)

Carpenter, RP

Edes: Cheap, organizational depth. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    66%
  •  
    34%

(Total votes: 5,989)

Management

B. Cherington

Edes: Rebuild is in his hands.
Take him

Your call?

  •  
    79%
  •  
    21%

(Total votes: 6,065)

Larry Lucchino

Edes: Not villain he's made out to be. Take him

Your call?

  •  
    36%
  •  
    64%

(Total votes: 6,095)


Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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