if he was the only option then yes. but how many hits will ciriaco (or some other outside SS) save?
I'm talking about Iggy saving, for arguments sake, 100 hits more than the average fielding SS in MLB. My guess is that Ciriaco is about average maybe a little plus.
I'd love to have a SS who saved 100 hits and got a few more hits on offense than the average SS, but my point about Iggy, is that the amount of hits he saves that most other SS do not save has to lessen the impact on his poor hitting projection. If he is really a fantastic fielding SS that can make 100 more plays than a normal SS, it sbaout the same as a .400 hitting SS who makes 100 less plays than Iggy. I don't think anyone here would mind having a .400 hitting SS who is one of the worst fielders in MLB. However, they do not view plus defense positively in the same manner.
while giving more offensive production than iggy. in a vacuum, i would go with iggy. but i have to consider the other options for the position. we can all agree ciriaco (im going with ciriaco because he is the only other SS on the roster at this point) is a better hitter than iggy.
I'm not so sure Ciriaco is that much better on offense. His Ml sample size is puny, while his minor league OBP is .299. Yes, .299 in over 3,000 PAs in the minors. If Ciriaco bats .250, that is equal to 125 for 500. If Iggy saves 50 more hits than Ciriaco, I'm seeing a net plus to Iggy.
we can also agree that iggy is a better fielder than ciriaco. So does iggys improved defense outweigh ciriacos improved offense? in my mind its a wash (or close to). So do you go with youth and hope the offense improves? or do you go with the underdog story and hope ciriaco is a late bloomer and finally found a home in boston? i'm a sucker for the underdog :)
Hard to say who is more of an underdog, but I get your point.