First I want to say that I have said many times that I believe Iggy would hit MLB pitching. So far (SSS) he is.
I remember the "many times" you said "he needs to change his attitude and he's not ready and hasn't proven he can hit AAA pitching and he's now behind Marrero and dropping".
WRONG...I NEVER said he was behind Marerro. I said That Bogaerts will pass him up soon if he doesnt step it up.
Middlebrooks, even with the rib injuries, has 7 homers, on a team that is weak on slugging v. LP.
3 HR were in one game and he has a .201BA and .234 OBP. Who cares if he has 7HR.
S. Drew is totally expendable and a big 9.5M bust. With Iglesias and Holt, no reason to keep putting and money in his next contract audition, which hasn't gone well. He's been consistently hovering around the .700 to .750 OPS, striking out a ton just to do that, and has weak range.
He has a .751OPS and 45K to 24BB. But your bias, so this is not worth arguing with you.
S. Drew should be sold and cash should be sent to get rid of him. That will net a farm scrap and get rid of this elephant. He's done abosolutely nothing more than the bad baseball palyer he's been for over 2 years, now.
your clueless and, again, bias.
Middlebrooks and his 7 homers need to get back in the lineup so there is some threat of the long ball v. LP.
Dont forget about that .210BA and .234OBP to go with those 7HR.
They need to go forward with Middlebrooks, Iglesias and Holt, and run Ciriaco through waivers. For further depth, if their is an injury, they can take a long look at Bogaerts in the infield, although I believe they need to plan on, long term, moving him to LF.
Yeah, and have no more depth for injuries or prolonged slumps. Holt is not going to cut it if something happens where he has to play an extended period of time. That, and SS isnt his strong position, 2b is... Sorry, thats NOT how you construct a MLB roster.
Ellsbury on the DL for what has been called a minor injury means nothing on the decision to sell him. He will have to pass the physical, which he will, and some NL GM will send a high ranked prospect with good numbers at AA or higher. And while it's less likely, they should also call the Phillies and offer Ellsbury and Dumpster or Dumpster and Doubrant or Morales or Webster or De La Rosa (And Owens if that's where the trade market is but I doubt it) and send the Phillies about 6 to 10M in cash for Cliff Lee (And restructure Lee's option to vest it if he agrees to the trade)
Once again, your bias against certain players shines through. No team that is waving the white flag on the season will even consider Ells or Dempster. seriously?
With Shane and Bradley, there is no need to waste anymore time and money on Ellsbury. 12 games of Bradley doesn not translate to "he's not ready". Bradley is too good for minor league baseball and needs to learn to adjust to MLB pitching, which he will in the form of adquate OBP by the end of the season if he starts for 3 months or more.
So you want him to "learn to adjust to MLB pitching" while were in a possiblt pennant race? Farrell called off the bunt last night because he knew JBJ would get a FB and JBJ looked lost trying to bunt. He got a nice FB to hit and didnt swing when he should of. Then he gets schooled again on the high inside heat. Ellsbury was hot before the injury and is a game changer when he gets on base.
Shane and Bradley is all they need on depth for CF for the rest of this season and next season.
this is funny since you have said that Vic is a PT player who will be on the DL.
They need to go ahead and start taking a long look at 24 year old Brentz, on the OF depth chart. Gomes is a joke who had been a good bench slugger guy v. LP, but they need to DL this guy and start running tests (include a brain scan)
Id like to see what Brentz has too, but theres no guarantees. Plus you have referred to Brentz as a 2nd rate prospect with a "4th OF'er profile".
Salty should not be extended, he isn't "average" defensively. Any contact offer to Salty FA should be no more than 2 years and lower single digits base. Salty should be retained for the rest of this season. Next season, the plan should be Ross and Lavarnway and/or Vazquez, with Salty retained only if his market is 2 years and lower single digits base.
Salty should get a 4yr deal somewhere. Id put money on it
The Red Sox need to look at Brentz, DL Gomes if need be, and be looking for a true salary dump slugging v LP OF'er. Soriano has a .938 OPS v. LP, this season, and would be a fit. The Cubs would probably send a lot of cash to move him off the payroll, particularly if the Red Sox sent a farm scrap they could get by sending some cash with S. Drew. Soriano has just one more season left on his contract, where, with cash sent, would be a good bridge to Brentz or Bogaerts.
Soriano isnt worth 18M or even close to it. Maybe 6M. The cubs dont need Drew either. Starlin Castro is there and costs nothing.
The Sox need to keep the depth they have right now. Getting rid of the guys that helped this team get where they are right now is hardly the answer. Injuries and slumps WILL happen. Most teams would be jealous of the depth we have. Its amazing that some here want to make major changes with a winning formula.