Re: 2012 outfield competition......anyone else excited?
posted at 2/2/2012 2:32 AM EST
Linares isn’t even on the 25-man roster, and outside of a couple weeks in the AFL, has never done anything. He also has not managed to hit .240 or crack a .300 OBP above A-ball. He turns 28 this year, and isn’t likely to magically figure it all out now. He is a non-factor. Nava is a better option than this guy. (Nava isn’t on the 40-man, either.)
Hassan is also not on the 40-man roster, either. He at least has shown the ability to hit AA pitching, although some question his ability to catch up to Major League fastballs, a very easy weakness to exploit. I do love his K/BB splits, but he’s the younger, non-switch-hitting Nava.
Brentz won’t be the guy. Let him play AA ball first. And maybe work on striking out less.
Lin has a huge advantage over the others, already being on the 40-man roster. He struggled in AAA last year, but was good in AA and is an excellent outfielder. He won’t give the Sox any power, but is a guy who can contribute short term, despite being a singles-hitter. Until Crawford is back, if the Sox use anyone from Pawtucket, I expect Lin to be the option, if for no other reason than it minimizes the roster manipulation.
However, I think the Sox are even simpler. Aviles is a backup OF with Iglesias at shortstop. I think Rey Ordonez’ former manager will push for Iglesias.
In fact, if the Sox want to do this the REALLY smart way, they should sign Kosuke Fukudome to a minor league deal. Crawford's ETA is a little unknown right now, but Fukudome is Mr. April with a career .979OPS in the month. Take advantage, Ben!
And don't forget to DFA him on May 1, even if he has the .979OPS. Trust me...