Re: Your move Ben, Choo makes Yanks or Sox better
posted at 12/6/2013 6:34 PM EST
In response to RedSoxDOrtiz's comment:
How many draft picks do you really think we need before actually going out and replacing our best (every day) players with something other than more platoon guys? We have a ton of prospects and what is considered a great farm. What we no longer have is a reliable leadoff hitter or very dependable OF. We probably won't have it on the farm or in JBJ for at the very least another year or two in my opinion. We have a ton of pitching and IF prospects so at the (very very very) least you would think we could trade a few at like positions for a solid young OF or 1B prospect to some team with opposite needs.
Pede already said he hates leading off and hasn't done well when he has. Nava and Gomes don't have the speed or long term solutions in my opinion. This leaves Victorino who can probably fill the slot but for how many games?
... Middy, low OBS with power spells inconsistency
... Drew, low OBP and Mr. inconstency
... Bogy, great upside but a rookie that spells inconsistency
... JBJ, Ditto who in my opinion will take longer than Bogy to reach his potential
... Carp, decent platoon but horrible defense
... Gomes and Nava, decent platoon but Nava had a career year that could go either way
... Victorino, our most dependable OF but will probably hit the DL often
... Papi, our only reliable power hitter/OBP again who can't last forever and nobody can replace
... Pede, Mr. reliable
... Ross and AJ, will cover our need
... Napoli or Hart, they are basically SO/OBP twins who should platoon with Nava or any better defensive 1B than Carp.
The point you bring up that this team is without a true leadoff hitter is a very real problem we are going to have. I think this team will play Nava in there for the most part and have Victorino spell him when Gomes is in.
The focus of the team is to stock draft picks and build through development for long term financial viability. I think if any of the guys we gave a QO for get a deal, then it is good for our long term future. The path is a familiar one because the Sox have been consistent with letting aging players go when they can get a draft pick.
We don't hit all the time, but these picks have netted us some of the best players on our team in past years and some other valuable pieces for trades. As for how many draft picks do we need? I would say two draft picks to hit on every one player looking at the players here. There are some home runs, useful players and huge busts.
Clay = compensation for Pedro Martinez leaving
Ells = compensation for Orlando Cabrera leavin
Craig Hansen = DLowe
Bard = Johnny Damon
Aaron Bates = Bill Mueller
Nick Hagadone = Alex Gonzalez
Ryan Dent = Kieth Foulke
Brian Price = Gagne
Kolbrin Vitek = Wagner
Anthony Ranuado = Wagner
Bryce Brentz =Jason Bay
Workman =Jason Bay
Matt Barnes = Victor Martinez
Blake Swihart= Adrien Beltre
Brian Johnson= Papelbon
Pat Light = Papelbon
Mike Napoli=Luke Weaver
Stephen Drew=Derek Hill
Jacoby Ellsbury=Ti'quan Forbes