Re: 2014 INFIELD.
posted at 10/28/2013 2:51 PM EDT
In response to GoUconn13's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Middy has struggled on defense and at the plate. I would not pencil in Middy as my FT 3Bman just yet, in fact, I'd prefer Bogey at 3B and let Middy fight with Carp and Nava over the 1B job. Sign a SS as a FA.
AGree with you. I just think that Middlebrook may have the talent to play at the mlb level, but his mentally is all messed up, and he cant get himself straighten out this season. He is right now just like another Daniel Bard or Craig Hansen. Really I cant figure out what is his problem right now. I think he need to get something fix such as if he is having wrist problem again or like that. Longer he hide whatever he is hiding, he will regret it. He is only 25 years old, and he got plently of MLB life ahead of him.
Maybe we just have a poor batting coach. Look at Drew, Salty, Victorino, etc who are all hitting poorly, and seem that the batting coach cant make an adjustment for each one!!
Anyway, I am not sure if Bogaerts is capable to play SS. I understand that he is a young kid and still learning the gam. But do Boston want to gamble on just playing him at SS and let him to learn the game. That could cause the team few more losses. Maybe the safer bet is to resign Drew, and have Drew to teach this kid.
The guys you mentioned are all streaky hitters. A hitting coach has nothing to really do with that. Most MLB hitters are streaky. Guys like Ellsbury, Papi, and Pedey are your consistant hitters.
Also, while I wouldnt put middy in the Hanson and Bard category just yet, I see him as a average to below average defender right now who needs a better approach at the plate. He hasnt proved he has improved on any of that yet. If he can get the offense going even semi consistently, he can be a threat in the lineup. He was hurt this year, so Im not going to really judge him too much on his performance. If he can get fully healthy this winter he will have every opportunity to compete for the 3b job. I dont see him being traded this offseason with nobody ready to take his place and his value is low. Cecchini will be in AAA next year and could be used at some point, but hes not an option out of ST.
I know the Sox really like Drew and understand hes a streaky hitter. When he gets hot hes a 900+OPS hitter. When hes cold, he can drop that almost in half. Thats why he usually ends up with about a 750-800OPS during the regular season. Thats still 100+points higher than the league avaerage for SS. If they do sign Drew, you know Xander will take over 3b and WMB will either pick up a 1b mit or be involved in a trade.
What will be Napoli's value on the open market. Would you offer him 3 years? Thats what it might take. Id do 2 years with an option relating to the hip. Maybe a lower base, but incentives to get around 13-14M per.
I think Salty will test the market and turn down a QO if offered one. Thats not to say he wont sign back, just that he might want to be smart and see how his value looks this winter.
Personally, I dont think any current Sox FA IF'er signs right away. I think they all test the market first.