Jun 23, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey (41) walks back to the dugout after being relieved against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

BSI Poll: Should Sox "blow up" roster and give up on the season?

We’re into late June now, and the Sox are eight games back from the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays and struggling with inconsistency. While the pitching remains pretty good, the bats have looked rough, as they have all year. As we’re beginning to see, major changes are being made to the lineup in an effort to turn the season around.

However, some less-confident fans believe that the season may already be over, and that it would be in Boston’s best interest to “blow up” the roster and begin building for the future. Essentially, the idea would be to give up on this year, get rid of some older players we won’t be seeing next season, and bring up young prospects such as Mookie Betts to give them a shot in the MLB spotlight.

Right now is a tough time for the Red Sox big men, and it appears that they believe that the Red Sox could make a run at the wild card, or even the division title. After all, stranger things have happened. Remember the Sox of ’04?… 10.5 games back as late as August 15th, and that didn’t stop them.

In the midst of all of this discussion, it seems like this upcoming series against the Yankees will play a very large role in determining what the Sox will and will not do. So, here’s the question: is it too early to give up on this team?

Let us know what you think in the poll below, and give us a reason why in the comments.

Should the Red Sox "blow up" their roster, and give up on the season?

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  • Matt

    Unfortunately, 1 series vs the Yanks isn’t nearly enough. They’re all done, cooked, caput, over, finished … trade AJ, Peavy, Koji …….

  • http://bosoxinjection.com/ Pete Sonski

    No team in this division appears at this stage of the season to be a runaway. The AL East is winnable. The two teams they just played (Oakland and Seattle) have rosters no better Red Sox. They need to get out of their funk ans string together some wins. No better time than now: Red Sox have 29 games until trade deadline. Of those, 16 are against division opponents. Also, 16 at Fenway.

    • John Fahrer

      I wouldn’t put Oakland in the no better category, Pete. They look like a legit pennant winner. They also might have the inventory (and a willing enough GM) to acquire Price.

      It really wouldn’t surprise me if the AL East winner has a worse record than at least one of the two Wild Card winners. Doubtful that they completely blow things up, but rather do a little something in between. Trade away incumbent veterans who aren’t coming back after this season and are headed for meager (by MLB standards) paydays. Might as well get something in return for Peavy, Pierzynski, Gomes, and Drew since none will be receiving qualifying offers. They’ll likely keep Ross as a mentor for Vazquez. Maybe listen on offers for Lester and Lackey, but ultimately hold onto them unless they receive overwhelming returns.

      In the process, the new guys should provide a spark and possibly salvage the season.