Re: Choices with the Sox Pitching Staff
posted at 1/16/2012 12:13 PM EST
...LF side defense is a weak spot and agree Iggy will make difference if he does anything offensively @ AAA. If he could just give us 230-240 avg would bring him up now.
Say we go with Iggy instead of Scutty at SS, here's about the worst-case scenario...
If Scutaro gives us 500 ABs (doubtful), he may get 140 hits (.280). Aviles and Punto might get 50 ABs at SS and give us 13 hits (.260). That's 153/550 (.278) total.
If Iggy was our FT SS and was PH for often late in games, we might see this:
Iggy: 80/400 (.200)
Aviles/Punto: 39/150 (.260)
Total: 119/550 (.216)
In total, we get about 34 less hits on offense, many of them probably doubles, but nonetheless, it's only 34 more hits! Of course Scutty will walk more than Iggy (maybe 45 to 29), so we're looking at 50 more times on base.
I can easily see Iggy saving 100 basehits over Scutty and making many more good relay throws to nail runners or keep them from even trying to take an extra base.
To me, starting Iggy is a no-brainer. The salary space we'd save by trading Scutty would just be icing on the cake, plus we'd probably get a decent prospect as well. It's a win-win-win situation...
1) Improve our team immediately (Iggy > Scutty)
2) Create salary space to improve elsewhere ($4-6M)
3) Improve our farm with a prospect (Return in trade)