Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part I
posted at 2/12/2014 8:21 AM EST
In response to craze4sox's comment:
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What a great team! Can't wait for the Duck boats. Tickets were going for as high as $12000 for this game? Unreal!
2nd team to win the series after finishing the previous season in last place! Wow!
It will be extremely interesting what they do next year. The only guy I see them retaining though is potentially Napoli. They need a 1st baseman and he is probably the best one available. Defensively he was solid and with Bogaerts at SS next year that will be even more important. He can hit good pitching, which is vastly underated as a player characteristic. Not saying I'm enamored with him but we probably bring him back if at all reasonable.
But you know, as crazy as it sounds, I wouldn't mind seeing Ortiz at 1st some next year with another solution potentially available some at DH. He's really not that bad defensively and it we an add a Carlos Beltran or some other player with Napoli's salary and still have Nava, Carp and others available to share 1st is that all that bad an option?
It's too dangerous in terms of him getting hurt but it sure is tempting. It is at least worthy of consideration. Maybe for about 6 nanoseconds before saying....NAHH!
I don't think we can risk an inury to Papi playing 1B.
I still think Bogery at 3B and Middy at 1B might be our future.
We need a #4/5 hitter to protect Papi, but does not play 1B.
I also have to say no to Papi at 1B for the same reason moon. I still want to see how Lav looks if they give him time at 1B otherwise the kid deserves a shot with another club ASAP by means of trade. I also agree Bogy might eventually be our 3B (another Machado type) if Middy struggles but with Nap still here Middy may not be around long enough to see 1B.
Checchini may end up the guy to change positions over to 1B when Naps contract is over. Or who knows maybe Checchini will finally improve his defense at 3B and Bogy could grow into 1B. Either way, with or without Middy we seem to have two pretty good OB guys in Garin and Bogy at some point even if Chec turns into our next DH.
Machado may still move back to SS with Hardy a FA after this year. Hes only at 3b because Hardy is signed. It wasnt because he couldnt play SS, but because he was ready and needed a spot. Kinda like Bogaerts last year. I agree He may just well end up there for his career though.
I really think WMB will be better this year (fingers crossed). Id love to see an IF of Middy 3b Bogey SS Pedey 2b. Not sure about 1b right now with Naps there for at least this year, Cecchini should be ready for his debut this year and FT play in 2015 (whether he stays at 3b will depend), and Lavarnway now being worked in at 1b (FINALLY!!!). This is why we NEED to play all these kids fulltime this year, and why I dont want to resign Drew. Lets see what we have and start to solidify some positions.
They all have good defense, so Im really not worried where they play. Maybe not GG defense but none of them are even close to a liability.