Re: JBJ may be an offensive liability
posted at 12/16/2013 8:47 AM EST
In response to charliedarling's comment:
I think that Bradley will do everything that Ellsbury did except maybe steal as many bases, but it may not be all accomplished in just one year.
Ellsbury was a very good player for the Sox, but he had some holes in his career as well that somewhat were covered up by his phenomenal 2011 season. As I remember there was almost a yearly discussion about whether he should hit 9th instead of first, and with good reason.
Ellsbury has never been an exceptional outfielder either although he did make nice improvments over the years on the balls he was able to run down. Later in his Boston time he caught many balls that used to fall to the ground when he was younger.
However, if nothing else, his throwing was terrible (for a centerfielder anyway) all during his Sox career. Lots and lots of guys went first to third, tagged up and scored from third easily or scored going second to home on him. His arm did not minimize his offense, but certainly did give opponents a distinct advantage.
Bradley may already be MUCH better defensively if he can at least put a little scare into the slower opponents who used to rumble around the bases knowing that Ellsbury would not be able to throw them out.
I have no problem with the Sox signing someone to help protect Bradley, but unless there is an all star right handed slugger available who can play center well, Bradley should get at least a full six week or two month run in center field.
I think he gets 10 weeks minimum- that's if he's hitting .150... longer if he's over .200.
They may sit him vs lefties, if that's his biggest area of trouble, but I see the Sox management team giving him a long long look.