Re: Sox pass on Beltran
posted at 12/4/2013 12:36 PM EST
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
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That would be consistent with Cherington's mo...my gut tells me we'll see Bradley Jr playing centerfield next year...
I have no problem with Bradley in CF. Beltran would have been OK to play left and be insurance to play some RF with Victorino in CF to spell Bradley.
I can live with an OF of Gomes/Nava-Bradley-Victorino with Carp as another OF/1B just like last year. I would hope there is a plan in place should Bradley not work out, but I'd give him time to struggle and find his footing. And who knows, maybe he hits the ground running. This year showed him things he needs to work on in the majors.
If you're going to have top prospects whom you believe could be potential All-Stars, at some point, you have to bite the bullet and give them the chance to fail or succeed.
I'm pleased they passed on 3 years of Beltran but, though it is very early in off-season, we currently have two top calibre, at- or near-prime age players in our starting 9 (Vic, Pedey). Our 2 catchers share 74 years, and our SS, 3B, CF share only about 68....
3 yrs plus a pick. Im still in favor of kemp as a big move or davis as a lower signing. I think davis napoli and furcal would be a nice way to fill out our lineup.