Re: Iggy Produces right away
posted at 8/3/2013 1:08 PM EDT
You cant look at if Iggy is a Starter in Detroit Moon. You have to consider if he was going to be a starter in Boston. Im not sure he would have in the long term. Im not so sure you you think he would either. So essentially, we traded a kid who had a very good chance to be a UI in Boston, for a pitcher who had #2 numbers as early as last year and was doing very good before he tried to pitch through a rib injury this year.
I have said that I doubt Ben would have pencilled in Iggy as our FT SS next year. I even think that if we had traded for M Young, Iggy and not Drew, would have been benched. I doubt Iggy would have even played vs LHPs instead of Drew or RHPs instead of Young, even though they both stink on offense in those areas.
I get why the trade was made, and have said numerous times, "if we are not going to make Iggy our FT SS, we should trade him".
Montas has bullpen arm written all over him right now. The other two also havent been given high grades by the scouts. Montas has a nice arm, but it projects as a bullpoen arm in another 3-4 years, if he even gets to MLB.
All true, but they all have more future after 2014 than Peavy.
Listen, Im sure this wasnt an easy decision for Ben. But we had to give something of value to fill a need. Considering the Rangers gave up what was equal to WMB, Barnes and maybe Owens for 2-3 months of Garza and the O's gave up their #5 and #6 prospects for Norris. That equal Cecchini and maybe Ball, I think he did a great job in this trade.
Again, as long as Iggy was not in our plans as our future FT SS, then the trade was great. However, that doesn't stop me from wishing Ben valued SS defense as much as I do. I liked the idea of going into 2014 and beyond with 3-4 guys filling in the left side of the IF and one eventually moving to 1B if they all proved their worthiness to start.
SS: Iggy (Bogaerts on rest days or if Midds or Cecchini play very well at 3B FT)
3B: Bogaerts (Middlebrooks & Cecchini)
1B: Carp,Nava and Papi for 2014, but eventually Middlebrooks, Cecchini or Bogaerts moved.
While our staff has improved greatly (as long as Peavy stays healthy), our future IF looks like this:
SS: Bogaerts (Holt)
3B: Middlebrooks/Cecchini/Holt/Snyder/ FA???
1B: Carp, Nava, Papi for 2014 (one less guy to choose from to be moved if Boggy is our FT SS instead of Iggy)
I actually expected Peavy to cost more than this. From Ben's perspective, he traded our 4.3 year utility IF'er for a solid #2-3 slot starter that is not a 2 month rental.