Re: CC in Left
posted at 8/2/2011 4:25 PM EDT
In Response to Re: CC in Left
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: CC in Left : So the class was thin, do you take a guy who is a questionable fit? For seven years, block the pipeline. They already had lefties , Drew and Ellsbury, in the outfield, they didn't know Drew was going to retire a year early, and all the BS about Ells not playing hurt and all, that was crap. They took him out of center for an over the hill strike out king Cameron who broke his ribs. Mac Donald played welll last year, they had Kalish, they could have waited till the trade deadline this year. They didn't have to jump at Crawford. Free agency isn't the only way to get what you need, ever hear of trading for a player? New concept , I realise. For your list, I would have rather taken a punt on Andruw Jones than CC . Good fill in till what they really need became available, that being a right handed bat. They are vulnerable to Left Handed pitching, full stop. You don't think so, just watch.
Posted by aussiewill[/QUOTE]i get what you are saying and hindsight is likely to bolster your argument.
But hindsight also highlights how much they needed to do something. The writing was on the wall that there was better than a 50% chance that Drew was going to tank this year. He had the lowest OPS of his career in 2010 and was caught looking much more often in the new larger K Zone.
DMac was buzzard's luck in 2010 and his 2011 stats prove it. You can't predict injury but Kalish is hurt in AAA and counting on Cameron after missing a season at 37 would have been negiligent. The RS had the WORST offensive production of any OF in MLB, were losing a ton of production at catcher in VMart. They really did need to do something.
As for trading for the Boston Red Sox this was pretty thin too. The RS traded their 3 best chips to get A-Gon. RS Nation is a lot higher on guys like Reddick and Kalish than the rest of MLB is. Heck the two guys everybody wants right now are recent emergers in Lavarnway and Middlebrooks. Hard to have a conversation if you are the RS last winter without Daniel Bard's name coming up and then because he is a reliever adding Doubrount and a position player like Kalish.
A trade of Lars Anderson and Navarro doesn't get you Hunter Pence or even Josh Willingham.
I am not happy that the RS made this signing, the probably should have stuck with VMart and A-Gon and been happy and dealt with bad OF production.
But I understand why they did it.