In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
Don't play the kid--or the other one either. I like Bradley and Iglesias a lot, but the Sox have been winning without them (and now, with Middlebrooks on the DL, with one of them). One of the reasons for the great chemistry on this team is the veterans are shown some respect, unlike the way Bobby V handled the situation with Youkilis last year. Thus Farrell announced in early April the SS job was Drew's when he returned, and Drew has repaid the confidence with excellent fielding, including just one error on the season--very unusual for a SS. Plus maybe his hitting is coming around, and there can be little doubt his hitting potential is greater than Iglesias. And let's not forget Iglesias had a really good shot at showing his stuff on the big club last year and bombed. That's why Drew was acquired, but the really good news for Iglesias is Drew only has a one year contract. Iglesias needs to focus on getting better and getting the repetitions at whatever level he is assigned to play.
As is typical for all MLB teams, injuries are giving new opportunities to both Iglesias and Bradley, and that's fine with me. But I also think right now the best outfield when Vic returns is Vic, Ellsbury, and Nava (and occasionally, sadly, Gomes). Bradley surely recognizes that Ellsbury is even more of a one year guy than Drew because chances are very slim Ellsbury will return next year. So Bradley can spend at least some time at AAA, where he never played before this year, and prepare to the the Sox starting centerfielder. This is going to come as a shock to some of you, but even Ted Williams had to put in some time at AAA.
I say again, I do not understand this constant harping that Iglesias and Bradley must play every day in Boston and do so immediately. Whatever Cherington did last year and then in the offseason sure looks to be working. The whole team is playing together and supporting each other. A bad team has been transformed into a good team. And, hopefully, the young guys like Bradley and Iglesias will make the Sox even better next year or even later this summer.
Drew is has an 871 OPS for May and the team overall chemistry is great. They have guys like Middy who really hasnt contributed much, but they are still winning. Its foolish to disrupt that if its not needed. you dont make a move just to make one when it doesnt make sense. Iggy and JBJ will get MLB playing time as needed this year. Hopefully they will take over full time next year. makes me question some peoples motivation here. Why fix whats not broken. Come July we will see where we stand and what moves need to be made. Right now, were fine..
I agree that the Sox are fine right now. In fact, any move I suggest, i'm really talking about July or literally, right on the last hours of the deadline. Just wanted to make that clear. The only thing i have against Lee is that i'd rather get better & younger if they give-up that many decent prospects. Something has to eventually give (if the Sox are in fact a 1st place team making a run for the postseason). I'd like to replace Doubront w/ a #1 or #2 or get a guy like Stanton to put the offense over the top. I dont think they can do both this yr., but the way Lackey & Dempster are pitching overall, it may not be as nessesary as, I think, a power bat might be Imho.
Aceves,Lav,Nava,Boggy,Webster for Stanton & a raw A ball Pitching prospect w/ a decent ceiling but a long ways off. Off the top of my head - don't hold me to it. Ballpark.
Side note- I'd like to see a list of what players, at the end of the day, are truly expendable by some respectable posters here.