Re: Where were you "experts" on this one?
posted at 5/26/2011 12:31 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Where were you "experts" on this one?
[QUOTE]see #6 Managing for Dummies
Posted by georom4[/QUOTE]Not to interrupt the reference back to your other OP but this appears to be a slightly different manipulation of the DL than what I think you are suggesting.
The RS believe that Drew will miss a few games BUT not enough to cover the 15 day period they'd have to leave him on the DL.
So they are taking their 5th OFer 9their second in depth RH OF) putting him on the DL to get another LH bat in the line-up versus RH pitching. This violates one of the other rules from your OP of course which is make a line-up with alternating LH-RH with no regard to production.
While I don't think the move indicates an immediate and lasting change in the 25 man roster, it certainly shows that the RS are impressed with Reddick's progress since his last cameo visits to MLB.
Not to break the hearts of the sizable Drew-hating contingent here on BDC I do not think this move indicates the end of the Drew-era in Boston, that will likely occur at the conclusion of this year. But if I were Drew I wouldn't sit what that hammy too long. His career trajectory is in a downward spiral and while the RS will patiently take his .350 OBP at the bottom of the BA order and wait for the usual JD Drew hot streak, if Reddick gets real hot all bets are off (see Scutaro for details). But trading Drew...pipe dream. The Rs aren't going to pay him to play for somebody else. And FWIW Beltran is somebody else's JD Drew, why go near him?
What the move does say is that the RS do not have enough faith in Mike Cameron to put him in the line-up every day even for a few days as evidenced by today's line-up. I think they think his age is catching up to him finally.
Francona's careful comments about Darnell suggest the RS are on the fence about how valuable he is to them at this point in a sub role. But what is less clear to me is how it benefits Reddick's development to have him here once Drew returns to the line-up and how carrying 4 LH OFer when two of them struggle versus LH pitching benefits the team.
And BTW if it is a fantom injury as many of the posters believe, that conversation you think is being avoided is happening.