Re: A fresh Look at 2012
posted at 10/14/2011 8:49 PM EDT
In Response to A fresh Look at 2012
[QUOTE]We all know there will be changes, so here is my early guesstimation on what the 2012 RS could look like. CF-Ellsbury LF-Craword RF-Ludwick or Willingham 3B-Youk SS-Scutaro 2B-Pedroia 1B-Gonzalez C-Salty DH- Papi Bench Reddick, Lavarnway, Avilas, Lowrie, Rotation Lester, Beckett, Buchholz, Lackey, Buerhle or Edwin Jackson Pen Pap, Bard, Acevas, Jenks, Wheeler, Dubront, Weiland or Miller It is easier to get a RF for a decent price this year, but there is only two premium starters (CC and CJ) so they will look to acquire an innings eater or a ground ball pitcher.
Also the closer market is deep but the middle innings and lefty specialist market is thin. So look for them to maybe make a trade involving Reddick or Lars Anderson to fill a void. Money will be tight this year, but that will allow them to spend in 2013 where there are some better options in the both the long and short term. And guys its just my opinion, instead of bashing mine, come up with your own.
Posted by jb12bb[/QUOTE]
Actually the RF market looks weak.
Willingham is among the worst defensive OF in the majors. I like him as a hitter, and if Papi (or Youkilis) is not DH, he is a very good choice.
Ludwick would be a good call, but he is injured alot. The Red Sox don't need another player who goes on the DL because he got soap suds in his eyes.
One guy you did not mention - and thank you for it - is Cuddyer, another horrific outfielder. Fangraphs ranks him the second worst RF over the alst 3 years, ahead of only Carlos Quentin (who at least has a cannon for an arm). I know a lot of people like Cuddyer's versatility, especially his ability to field RF, 2B and 3B equally poorly.
I still like Cody Ross as a platoon partner for Reddick or Kalish. Although I suppose it is possible the Sox deal Lackey for a bad contract right fielder. Not sure who I want less - Vernon Wells or Alfonso Soriano...