Re: Flash in the Pan or Star?
posted at 5/18/2012 3:47 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Flash in the Pan or Star?
[QUOTE]yes...lets send him down and start punto instead...that makes a lot of sense...or better yet, an unmotivated, unhealthy Youk.... thanks for playing...
Posted by georom4[/QUOTE]
Well clearly Middlebrooks isn't going anywhere until Youkilis is back...so that's not an issue.
It DOES make a lot of sense to play Youkilis instead though...it's a better use of resources (keeps Middlebrooks much cheaper down the road, and makes use of Youkilis, who like it or not is a team resource). I totally agree that we can't expect much of anything from Youkilis at this point due to his poor health (though show me some proof about lack of motivation...I'll call your bluff there), but that's why we have Middlebrooks anyway!
In a best-case scenario, Youkilis returns to 80+% of form and plays out the rest of the year, Middlebrooks takes his MLB lessons and has a great rest of the year in AAA (and can spend the time focusing on plate discipline, whereas if he played in the majors his focus would have to be on whatever production he can make), and then the latter would take over 3B next year.
In a worse case scenario, after a couple of months of limited but far from atrocious hitting, Youkilis shows he can't be healthy and Middlebrooks would be back for good. What would be so terrible about that?
On the other hand, if we keep Middlebrooks up:
-He becomes a Super Two and costs the team millions more in salary over arbitration
-Youkilis goes completely to waste
-Middlebrooks is forced to sink or swim at the MLB level, and would not be able to even try and work on his plate discipline, making him a lesser hitter in the short and possibly even the long term
Why go with the most expensive, wasteful, and biggest downside option? Where's the sense in that?