Re: AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IS......
posted at 11/12/2013 8:48 PM EST
And really, if we are going to pine for any former Sox prospect, it shouldn't be Iglesias. Not that he is a bad player, but he is maybe the second or third best one we let go, depending on feelings about Masterson. (I see arguments for both players.)
But the guy we are going to miss is Anthony Rizzo. The Sox produce shortsops all the time. Three of the 6 division winners last year had a shortstop fromthe sox farm system. The only other MLB organization to produce 3 starting SS's this year is Atlanta. If Bogaerts is the Sox starting SS next year, there will be 4 from their system, most in the majors (barring some team settling for Tyler Pastornicky).
Meanwhile, how many high OBP corner sluggers does this organization produce? Before Rizzo, we have to go back to who? Mo Vaughn and Jeff Bagwell? Are there any on the horizon? I see more SS's, besides just Bogaerts, as Deven Marrero is coming on strong. Who are the sluggers who can get on base? The system is so bereft of that type of hitter, fans here think Mark Trumbo is the answer.
And at least we got a trophy when the Sox traded Iglesias. I will take that over 15 Gold Gloves. Staying up late in October to cheer for a World Series game is a heckuva lot more exciting that taking a brief respite at work to check msnbc.com to see who was awarded the Gold Glove.
And that is also the worst part about the Rizzo trade. Did it lead to anything exciting? No trophy, or even a single post-season game. All Sox fans got was an epic collapse washed down with overblown chicken-and-beer drivel and more fuel for the then-increasingly pessimistic Boston sports media gloom machine. The only hope for the future from that trade is the ancillary deal that brought Webster and de la Rosa.
Let Iglesias go. We have deealt outstanding defensive shortstops before. We have dealt slugging shortstops before. We have given away starting shortstops who won multiple Workd Series rings. And we got nothing for any of them except Hanley.