Re: What about Jim Thome?
posted at 3/11/2013 3:09 AM EDT
In response to redsoxpride34's comment:
thome is not a bad idea theoretically, but as someone mentioned, we dont have room on the 40 man roster for him, so either trading for someone good or going in house would be the ways to go. I would say if ortiz starts on the DL, start jackie bradley in LF and DH johnny gomes. helps in two ways, one, gomes sucks at fielding, so we gain huge on D, and second, it gives bradley the chance to play everyday. once ortiz returns, if bradley did well, he starts, gomes comes off the bench.
a few problems with that, Gomes bad defense means very little in fenways small LF so the dramatic increase in defense is minimalized by the small area JBJ would have to cover. Also it is not a perminent situation unless Papi ruptures the tendon so we would be wasting a year of service time for a few weeks of improved defense in a position where defense matters little (in comparison to the rest of the OF). If you really want to go for improved defense look to do it in a spot where the defensive shift can be maximized (say SS). We can have Drew DH or even play first (then Naps would DH) and start Iggy. Since Iggy doesn't have a FA clock that would get set into motion we don't have to worry about that and he can finally get that shot everyone wants him to. If Iggy thrives offensively (in relation to SS production) when Papi is ready we keep him on and start Drew in LF as the RHH part of the platoon with Gomes. I know Drew doesn't play the OF (neither did A-gon) but like i mentioned, the need for defense in LF is minimalized because it's so small and Drew already plays on the left side of the field so he will see the ball coming off of the bat at the same angle he would playing SS. Much like A-gon, Drew is great at positioning himself so he could make up for his shortcomings.
"Oh, and the only reason I'm not considering Lavarnway in this is because I really think the Sox want him to start the season in triple A and maybe get his confidence up after last season. Also can we really expect Napoli to play more than 130 games anyways?"
I agree that under normal circumstances he should be starting in AAA. Especially considering he is still a catcher at this point and he had a poor year last season. But I think if he is a DH and doesn't have to worry about preparing for catching day in and day out his offense will improve. in 2012 he was a full time catcher and his offense suffered because he was spending so much time prepping and refining his defensive game. If you look to the last season he WASN'T a FT catcher (2011) where he spent half his time catching and half his time DHing you will see his offensive numbers were excellent (.290/.376/.563). So i'm thinking if you take the physical labors and the mental stress of catching out of the picture we will see an improved Lavarnway. That's just my opinion.. which is why i think he should be a 1Bman this year but that's a conversation for a different thread.
and yes, i think your right about Napoli starting 130 games... that's just about how many games i predicted him to be in. missing 20ish games in a season is NBD.