Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
posted at 12/8/2011 10:39 AM EST
Just curious what you guys might think of this minor possibility. Lets say the Sox deal Reddick and would like another low cost veteran outfielder for the RF mix, or even without making a trade if they have an interest in adding there but obviously cannot add anything of any significance...I am very mildly curious about the possibilty of Rick Ankiel as a bargain bin addition. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's hard to get excited about Ankiel, but the guys in this thread seem to be open minded about low cost additions and arent just completely fixated on the bigger FA names. I know Cody Ross has been mentioned here and I also think he would be a solid addition if possible, but just for the sake of comparison, here are their 2011 numbers in relation to what they made in 2011.
GP PA BA HR RBI R OPS WAR 2011 Salary
Ross 121 461 .240 14 52 54 .730 0.9 6.3 Mil
Ankiel 122 415 .239 9 37 46 .659 1.4 1.5 Mil
In all fairness to Ross, he did seem to present better value in the 2 or 3 seasons than last year, but this is just a quick simple comparison. Naturally I'd prefer him to Ankiel, but I'm trying to look at this strictly from a dollars standpoint considering the sox very limited flexibilty, using their most recent salaries as somewhat of a base or starting point to work off of in terms of to get a ballpark idea of what they may be seeking now.
Ankiel has primarily been a CF but he has played some RF, and the versatilty is always a plus. He reportedly has a fantastic throwing arm according to this article from Tim Kurkijan earlier this year (which we know is essential in Fenway):
Injuries can be an issue with him, but in spurts he can be an effective hitter with a little pop. At around the same money he played for last season, would he be worth looking into?