Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 5/28/2013 6:59 PM EDT
In response to RedsoxProspects's comment:
We could really use one more solid starting pitcher and/or bat.
Iglesias is definitely not the answer at 3rd but he should fill Ciarico's slot very well. It's not like we can get much for Ciriaco but dropping a half mil here and there helps especially if the team improves in the process. We are going to have to give Iglesias mlb PT in order for him to improve at some point. I like the concept of phasing him in. Who knows, he might even be able to take Drew's slot next year. At minimum he should be one heck of a defensive infield reserve.
We need Middlebrooks to come back strong. He should be able to at some point. He is just missing a lot of balls which he used to clean out. We need to ride that horse until he proves he can't play, or can play at the mlb level. He should get at least another 100 AB to me. If he doesn't cut it we need to know that this year.
Gotta say with JBJ now hitting .360 with over a .460 OBP and great defense in 71 AAA AB, I think I'd start trying to find a slot for him. The kid is more than just a hitter and sometimes we lose sight of that. He is a potential all star level player. I'd strongly consider trading someone and bring the kid back up and let him play. Be it Gomes, Nava, Carp or Victorino. Sell one of them high hopefully but the kid is ready. As ready as any of those guys, and I'm a fan of all of them. Let's get some value for our excess talent.
I'd bring up Lavarnway also. Trade some of these guys and go with the kids when they show that they are probably ready. If for some reason a catcher gets hurt we would still have Vasquez as back up and he's been doing fine in AA. If we are down an OF we still have guys like Brentz and Hazelbacker. We are going to lose some of these guys in the rule 5 draft anyway if we don't trade them or use them at the mlb level.
We are too risk averse sometimes. We have to give kids a chance or we lose them with no value. I think JBJ and Lavarnway could step in right now and help us.
I would package Salty soon while his stock is highest, Keep Ross who knows the staff and giv Lav more playing time. I also feel with the small role Gomes has played in our present success it would be a great opportunity to slip Brentz into his slot if anyone had interest Jonny. The big question with any trade with a club thats doing well is ... Would it mess with our present chemistry?
Besides Gomes and Salty we also have Ciriaco, Doubront, Aceves, Mortenson, Breslow, Hazelbaker, Snyder, Holt, Almanzar, Workman, Sutton, Henry etc. that teams could have interest in, without losing Renaudo, Barnes, Webster, De La Rosa, Bradley or Bogy. With that said I would still be willing to lose one of our four top young pitching prospects if the return was high enough.