Re: ANY RUMORS ?
posted at 1/1/2014 2:21 PM EST
In response to mef429's comment:
In response to Beantowne's comment:
In response to AL34's comment:
I am not confident with Jackie Bradley Junior as a hitter. I think he can field but not sure about his hitting. I thought he struggled hitting at the major league level in limited appearances. I am concerned about the potential drop in the production from the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury.
On another note I would not trust Cashman when he says that he is not interested in signing Drew. Drew is a much better defensive shortstop than Jeter who they could stash on the bench and wait until Jeter retires next year. Sorry I do not trust that Yankee front office after the Johnny Damon fiasco and the Mark Teixera signing. Cashman has no credibility when he says they are not interested in signing someone. He is like a poker player. Scott Boras always brings his guys to the Yankees for their cash and Boras never leaves a nickel on the table or floor with his clients.
Bradley certainly has much to prove...I doubt the Sox will just hand the centerfield job to him if Cherington and Farrel don't think he's ready. The kid has tools and has hit at every level. I'm fine with the Sox opening the year with him in CF and batting 9th. The chief reason is because they have a safety net already in place with Victorino who is a gold glove CF and will likely leadoff and replace Ellsbury's bat and base stealing ability at the top of the order with either Pedrioa or Nava hitting 2nd.
the biggest thing working in JBJs favor offensively is that he fits into our offensive approach. he projects to be a high OBP guy and more importantly, is likely to see a ton of pitches. i'd go as far to say if he plays the whole year out of the 9 hole that he'll see more pitches than any other #9 hitter.
as for IVC replacing Jacobys production at the top of the order i think that's a little farfetched. he is capable of replacing his speed a tthe top of the lineup but not his bat. Jacoby has pretty even splits against LHP and RHP. IVCs splits are much more drastic and make the notion of him being our everyday leadoff hitter a shaky proposition at best. On the other hand, he is the closest thing we have to a true leadoff hitter. Given the choice, i would bat Pedroia in the leadoff spot every day before i turned to IVC.
I concur, I too can see Bradley as the opening day CF, batting ninth and being productive.
Just to be clear. I wasn't trying to imply that Victorino is as good a hitter as Ellsbury and clearly is not the running threat, but is a guy that makes the opposing pitchers work, gets on base and has some speed. As for his splits they might be irrelevant entering 2014 given the success he had Last year batting exclusively righthanded. While I wouldn't be opposed to Pedrioa leading off, more likely he'll hit 2nd or 3rd at least to begin the year. That's assuming they don't add another bat before the season begins?
Victorino-Nava-Pedrioa-Ortiz-Napoli-Bogaerts-Pierzinski-Middlebrooks-Bradley...the top three are all 350 plus ob guys with Papi and Napoli the power guys...Bogaerts batting 5th will have a ton of at bats with men on base and could be a 20 Hr/90 RBI...Pierzinski is a professional hitter and having Middlebrooks hitting 8th and Bradley 9th would allow both of to relax and let the game come to them.