Re: Final Sox Season Positional Numbers and Our 2012 Needs.
posted at 10/16/2011 10:00 PM EDT
In Response to Final Sox Season Positional Numbers and Our 2012 Needs.
[QUOTE]Here are the final Sox positional numbers (these are baseball reference numbers which are slightly different from fangraphs): C: .229 29 96 (.737 OPS, 10th in MLB & close to 5th place.) 1B: .329 28 118 (.944 OPS, 4th in MLB & close to 3rd place.) 2B: .308 21 93 (.862 OPS, 1st in MLB.) 3B: .270 20 102 (.812 OPS, 3rd in MLB.) SS: .279 10 76 (.730 OPS, 7th in MLB) LF: .258 16 75 (.723 OPS, 18th in MLB -behind TB!) CF: .316 34 112 (.925 OPS, 2nd in MLB.) RF: .233 14 58 (.652 OPS, 28th in MLB) DH: .308 29 102 (.925 OPS, 1st in MLB) With Drew gone, Papi and V'Tek Free Agents, and Scutty an option, there are some big decisions to make. RF was clearly our beiggest weakness with LF close behind. Papi leaving will make DH a big question mark. Scutty leaving may change the results from that slot as well. The big offesnive question looking towards 2012 is Papi, followed closely by Youk's health/bounce back ability and our RF outlook. If Papi walks, it could be possible to lose .150 in OPS at DH, but gain .150 in RF to break even. If Youk becomes our DH or partial DH, how much will we lose in offense at the 3B slot with Aviles and Lowrie getting serious time there? How much help can Lavarnway give us at the DH or Catcher slots? Can we expect much from Reddick, Kalish, Middlebrooks, or Iglesias next year? The bigger question might be: if we spend to address all of these slots, will our pitching suffer? Afterall, we do look to need 2 starters and at least 2-3 relief guys, especially if Papelbon walks.
Posted by moonslav59[/QUOTE]moon,
I feel decisions made on Lackey and Papi will dictate our needs most. In my perfect world getting a starter like Garza, for Lackey, Cash and a prospect if necessary would be a huge start.
Garza still has two arb years before becoming a FA so the Cubs probably won't budge. If we can't trade Lackey and he ends up in our rotation it may be tough next season unless John has his best season yet for us. We need two reliable starters in my opinion so Buerhle, Wang, CJ are also possibilities. You know I like Madsen and Weiland as additions to the pen. Mad Dog, could be a good fit so we don't have the same problem next season if we need Aceves to start a game.
#4 Garza or Lackey
#5 Wang, CJ or Buerhle
#7 Wake? Who knows but not in a position to pitch much.
Bard, Pap "unless the money is needed", Morales, Jenks, Madson
, Weiland, Aceves, Albers?
Papi is the second most important decision,
I think Papi wants to return and will, if we address the pitching. He wasn't happy with the moves made down the stretch. Bad pitching really took its toll on our offense and David was one of many that were frustrated. Offer Papi two years with a third year team option. I feel better about Youk staying healthy with Aviles on Board and Middlebrooks maybe late in the year. Lowrie I'm on the fence with along with the SS position in general but thought Scuter played really well. Iglesias later in the season and catching Lav and Salty. If it doesn't work out and the Cards are struggling next season? Make a move on Molina, it would round out a very strong team. Jacoby?
Sign him, otherwise a trade needs to be made at some point.
Positional additions? Cuddyer or Beltran in RF
Anything more "if needed" will depend on Papi, Pap and Lackey decisions.