Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part III
posted at 8/6/2013 10:50 AM EDT
Napoli had an BAPIP of close to .370 last time I looked. That is not going to continue. He is probably a .230 going forward. As a #5 bat?
Assuming he continues hitting like 2013 and not 2010-2012 or his career... hard to know. Napoli has always been a streaky hitter his whole career. Maybe I am just wishful thinking, but I think there is just as strong a chance Naps getsred hot here on out as he does batting .230.
I know that overall his numbers are not that bad but as with Salty, Iglesias and 1-2 others it has been mainly luck. I don't know what we can do about it other than a trade. In this emerging era, big time power is expensive and possibly getting more expensive. And we don't seem to draft those kind of guys much. It's a problem for this team, and nothing is on the FA horizon which can really address that problem.
Yes, it is expensive, but the three guys traded this past winter did not cost as much as I thought they would: J Upton, Choo, and W Myers.
K. Morales is possibly our best shot but he is mainly a DH now, as a possibly FA. Maybe we can just play Carp more and accomplish something of what we want to achieve.
You mean for 2014? I'm not sure teams would allow Morales to fall to us, but I guess most contending teams are pretty set at 1B/DH. Anyways, I think if we are to make a waiver deal, our biggest area needing improvement is not 1B. We need a platoon player (vs LHPs) at 3B, SS and/or C.
It will be interesting to see what happens. And all the more reason to be extremely careful with Bogaert's development. Bogaert's is becoming a huge factor in this team going forward, i.e. our Myers potentially. I don't care if they leave him in AAA until 2015. Don't mess that kid up. As the Rays did with Myers, prepare him fully before bring him up.
The Rays "messed with" Myers? Wil is thriving in a small sample size.