posted at 12/5/2013 7:43 AM EST
In response to redsoxwinter's comment:
In reality, Davis playing full time isn't much different than Ellsbury
2012 Davis 142 GP 43 RBI's 8 HR 3 Triples 24 Doubles 46 Steals
213 Ellsbury 132 GP 53 RBI's 9 HR 8 Triples 31 Doubles 52 Steals
The only significant difference is Ellsbury has a .297 career BA and Davis is .268, but Davis has hit as high as .304 and .284 playing fulltime for the A's.
Folks, the reality is that there isn't much difference between these two players. Davis is about 3 years older but at 33 years old it's almost laughable to think that Davis can be signed for as little as one or two years and cost as little as 5 to 8M a year while Ellsbury has bamboozled the Yankees for more than 20 million a year right into his wheelchair years.
The bigger point is that Davis is a perfect compliment and bridge with and to Bradley. Davis is better than Ellsbury vs. LP and Bradley will likely, worst case, be almost as good as Ellsbury v. RP.
Signing Davis allows the Red Sox to bring Bradley up to full speed more slowly. In 2008, Crisp was Ellsbury's training wheels with Crisp getting most of the starts in CF and Ellsbury moving around LF and RF.
The difference is that Davis is a perfect compliment to Bradley.
The Red Sox should look at 2008 and see how well that worked.
Davis should get almost every CF start v. LP starters in CF with Bradley getting almost all the other starts in CF. (Ellsbury started 63 games in CF in 2008)
Davis should take all of Victorino's missed starts in RF, which is almost sure to amount to about 30 to 40 starts. (Ellsbury started 30 games in RF in 2008. When possible, Victorino's missed games should be away for obvious reasons)
Davis will end up with about 100 starts, more or less, depending upon how Bradley does in the spring and early summer.
Nava gets the starts in LF v. RP, with Gomes getting most of the starts v. LP.
Davis would be the defensive substitute for Gomes, when Bradley is starting in CF and Victorino in RF.
Frankly, this has the potential to be a more productive OF than 2013, but it certainly won't be much worse and won't require carrying a 20 million plus dollars a year 30 year old OF to his wheelchair.
The Red Sox should let Napoli go beyond a one year deal, take the draft pick, and sign Hart to a one year make prove health and make good Beltre contract and have Hart take the starting 1st base position. Nava should be the backup 1st baseman.
I have been a big Rajai Davis fan. He is more freightening on the bases to me because you know he's going to go anytime and I think he has the drive to not want to stop until he scores.
Ells knows when he gets to 2nd he's really home on anything in the outfield.
Davis wants to be sure to score so he will try for 3rd even though it's unnecessary.
JF, Butter and Lovullo know the guy well----if they want him I'm sure BenC is a go. They may have a deal in place or he and his agent are looking for a place for 3 years and playing time figuring when Choo, Ells, Hart, Grande and others have signed things might look a lttle better for him. OR maybe Davis doesn't like the Sox coaching staff???