Re: IGGY has been sent down to AAA... Dad & Bill-806 will be off the board for TWO DAYS in....
posted at 3/27/2012 8:01 PM EDT
Marco was our most consiistent, and hardest working player the last two years - bar none. I can't believe the way folks think he wasnt any good (and that's exactly what you're saying if you think ss can be improved upon by starting Aviles instead).
I will never argue that Scutaro was not a hard worker. He was.
However, to say he was the "hardest working player the last two years- bar none" is purely speculative. You always seem to have this inside track into the brains and motivations of every Sox player. There were lots of very hard-working Sox players, and it's hard for anyone to determine who was the at the top of the list.
Even if it were true that Scutaro was the hardest worker on the team from 2010 to 2011, that still does not mean he's the better choice over Aviles for 2012 (or Iggy as well). Scutaro is getting older and has shown his fragility more often the last 2 years. He played hurt for much of 2010 and 2011 and missed quite a bit of 2011.
Now, for the "most consistent" part of your position. I totally disagree. His month to month numbers look like a yo-yo (OPS by month):
.801 .833 .785
.717 .693 .724 .718 .699
*small sample size
His numbers vs our key opponents:
NYY .591 .863
TB .692 .585
Scutaro had very limited range at a key defensive position. He hit better than most SSs in MLB, but so does Aviles.
Scutaro had never played more than 81 games at SS in a season until 2009 in Toronto at age 33 (the year before coming to Boston). Now, people are bashing Aviles for being a glorified utility player. I find that funny.
Marco did have one season with 477 PAs (2004) and 3 more between 379 and 423 before playing over 143 games in both years with Toronto, but he was not a regular SS until the season before joining us at age 34.
Mike Aviles just turned 31. He had 91 games at SS his rookie year in 2008 and 34 games at SS in 2009. The 125 games at SS at ages 28 & 29 were way more than Scutaro had at that age and point in his career. Aviles became a utility player in 2009, but he has had over 400 PAs in 2 of his 4 years in MLB. He was the FT SS for 6 straight months with the Royals (from June 2008 to May of 2009 and in 568 PAs, he hit:
.293 11 HRs 59 RBIs (35 2Bs + 3Bs) .322 OBP/ .429 Slg% (.750 OPS)
During that same time period Scutaro in 1091 PAs did this:
.275 19 HRs 120 RBIs (60 2Bs + 3Bs) .362 OBP/.384 Slg% (.746 OPS)
As almost everyone knows on this site, I wanted Iggy to be our FT SS from day one last year. I wanted it again this year. While Marco gave us a couple of good years and played gutsy ball whenever healthy, he wasn't getting any younger. His SS range was not going to get any wider. He probably wasn't going to continue to hit as well as he did with us in 2011. The trade brought us a good pitching prospect and saved us enough money to sign Cody Ross. I'll take Aviles at SS and Cody Ross over Scutaro and DMac.