Re: 2013 SS
posted at 10/24/2012 1:43 AM EDT
In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
In response to MadMc44's comment:
Ciriaco at SS--that is his natural position.
Trade Ells to the Cubs for Soriano and cash to play LF.
Two awful ideas.
1. ciriaco is a utility player at best.
2. Soriano is not only not good, but signed for 2 more years at $18mill per, and is 37 years old...
Not against him in left for 2 years if a Garza comes with him for the right price and Ross signs elsewhere. He got after it a bit this year and he's pretty well suited for Fenway. He's brutal defensively, but....need to think about it more I guess.
"Brutal" is a kind way to describe Soriano's defense.
In 6 years, he still has not learned to play the LF wall at Wrigley. I'm sure the bricks and ivy do make it trickier, but we are talking about 480 games by now.
Somehow, he does seem to get good UZR numbers for his defense. This amazes me as I have seen him drop more routine flies than any other OF ever. (He went through a stretch so bad 3 years ago, ho got mock cheers for catching routine flyballs.) My theory is he scores well on UZR because of his assist totals, which are usually OK. Of course, OF assists are also misleading. For one thing, strong arm OF with reputations rarely get challenged by baserunners, where as defensive black holes like Soriano do, and frequently. sure, he nails some of them, but assist totals never tell you how many he didn't throw out.
Matt Holliday is another one whose UZR scores never seemed to agree with what i saw, which was frequent misplays, and Holliday has that special knack for making more of them at really, really critical times...